Rethinking Public Dialogue

Rethinking Public Dialogue

Support for public dialogue innovations

The RSA and UKRI are supporting projects that test novel approaches and new possibilities for public dialogue.

Does your project innovatively involve the public with pressing research issues?

In an exciting collaboration with UKRI, the RSA is offering funding to support pilot projects that challenge the boundaries of conversations between the public, researchers, and policymakers.

Rethinking Public Dialogue is a UKRI fund, delivered by the RSA, that will be supporting up to eight new projects that test new approaches to public dialogue. We are interested in hearing about projects that cover a wide range of topics:

  • Building a green future
  • Securing better health, ageing and wellbeing
  • Tackling infection
  • Building a secure and resilient world
  • Creating opportunities and improving outcomes.

Have you been tackling these issues with cutting-edge digital tools? Have you implemented creative techniques to unite social needs and innovative thinking? Or maybe you are trialling ways to break down barriers, and scale-up engagement to broader perspectives?

The total value for this fund is £480,000 across all pilots, which are anticipated to last up to nine months in their delivery and should be concluded by summer 2023.

If you think your project could be suitable for funding, download our guidance pack, and keep reading for more details on how to apply.


  • 9 June 2022 - Fund opens for Expression of Interest 
  • 7 July 2022 - Fund closes for Expression of Interest
  • 14 July 2022 - Successful applicants are invited to submit full application
  • 4 August 2022 - Full application deadline
  • 26 August 2022 - Successful applicants are notified
  • 8 September 2022 - Kick-off workshop for successful applicants 
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