Public Engagement Grants

We provide funds to support events where aspects of clinical microbiology, infection prevention and control, and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are promoted to the public and other relevant stakeholders.

Events eligible for support can be diverse (pieces of art to popular music) or funds may be used to aid individuals to exhibit at public science festivals. The main criterion is that the event/activity must promote the science of microbiology in the context of (HCAIs).

  • Total funding: £2,000 per year              
  • Size of each award: up to £1,000
  • Who:  include one member
  • Where: UK and Ireland


Application deadline: 1 March and 1 September at 11.59 pm

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible?

Applications are open to:

  • HIS members who are based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Teams (where at least one individual is a member of HIS) that include an expert in public engagement or science communication (with a minimum of 12 months experience), and an IPC expert who are based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland

Types of events considered (but not limited to):

  • STEM or STEAM workshops
  • Exhibiting at an event such as the Big Bang
  • Activities to raise awareness such as during World Antibiotic Awareness Week or on Hand Hygiene Day
What will you fund?

The grant can be used to contribute towards the costs of hosting of a single event or activity, such as venue hire and materials.

Funds, for example, may also be used to support travel (this must not cost more than 30% of the award) and attendance at the event (both organiser, speaker or delegate), the development of resources for the event and production of educational resources for HIS use after the event.

What are the criteria for funding?

In return for financial support, the event organisers will be required to:

  • Acknowledge the event as ‘supported by the Healthcare Infection Society’ with the HIS logo included on marketing material in advance of the event, and on the day of the event
  • Agree to display Society materials at the event (provided in advance by the Society)
  • Provide any educational resources produced to HIS, under a creative commons licence to enable disseminations and further promotion of IPC
  • Send a short report for publication on the HIS website. The report should include the event aim, audience, attendee feedback, evaluation and include photographs

The support from the Society will include:

  • An agreed level of financial support (up to £1,000)
  • Promoting the event to members and a listing on the HIS website
How to apply

Please submit the following documents by 11.59pm on the deadline day to

  • application form
  • abridged 2 page C.V
  • example resources (if appropriate)