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Outreach grants

Have you got a great idea for a pharmacology outreach or public engagement activity?

The British Pharmacological Society offers grants of up to £1,500 to both members and non-members to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. We’ve supported a variety of activities, from exhibition stands at science festivals to ‘science slams’  that help researchers communicate their work. You can find our more about some of the activities we’ve supported below.

The next round of outreach grant applications is now open.  To apply, please click here for the application form.  Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday 29th April 2016.  If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the education team via

CHaOS Summer Roadshow

Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) is a student organisation that seeks to inspire and enthuse children and their families about science. The annual CHaOS Summer Roadshow visits schools, community centres and festivals around the country with a van full of hands-on experiments. It is aimed at children aged 8-13 and their families, particularly those who might not otherwise have access to science centres.

The CHaOS Summer Roadshow has received funding from the British Pharmacological Society to develop pharmacology-related hands-on activities, including a model to illustrate the induced fit and lock and key models of enzymatic action, and the mechanisms by which drugs can target such enzymes.

A CHaOS Roadshow demonstrator helps a visitor read the glucose concentration of the drop of ‘blood’ on her finger.



Lab_13 is a network of laboratories based in schools which are managed by the students of the schools and provide science education outside of, and away from, curriculum pressures. Each Lab_13 laboratory has a ‘Scientist-in-Residence’ to assist with investigations but the content is driven by what the students want to learn.

Gillespie School in London hosts a Lab_13, and was awarded funding to support students in an investigation into the anecdotal claims that Manuka honey may prevent infections such as colds and flu. During their investigations the studentslearned about clinical trials for medicines.

This question was one we thought could actually be a proper experiment because no one knows the answer. The children were really keen due to that fact.

Gillespie School scientist-in-residence, Carole Kenrick

Reading Science Slam

In a Science Slam, young researchers talk for six minutes about their research to an audience of the general public in a competition to be voted best presentation. The challenge is for students to communicate theirresearch whilst entertaining the audience.

The University of Reading held a science slam in March 2015 which was supported by the British Pharmacological Society. Find out more about what happened and see some of the presentations in the video below.

Neuropharmacology: from the laboratory to the clinic

Funding was recently awarded to support a project that will develop an understanding of drug development amongst secondary school children and the wider public. The project specifically focuses on drugs that act on the central nervous system.

Students from Denbigh School in Milton Keynes will attend a lecture and then take part in workshops to research the area in question before developing a conference-style poster to present their findings. The lecture will be available online, and surrounding schools will have a chance to interact with the activity at the Open University Faculty of Science Christmas Lectures 2015, where the students will present their posters.

A video of the lecture and accompanying student workbook can be found on our resources page.