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Special Interest Group Research Fund

AEME’s Special Interest Group Research Fund aims to promote the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to focus on specific areas of interest in the field of Events Management.   The fund is designed to support the undertaking of high-quality research and educational activities related to the scope and aims of AEME.  Proposals are invited from AEME colleagues as part of their institutional membership with AEME

What are the Special Interest Groups?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For those submissions that have a focus on the fair treatment and inclusive participation of people, both in society and the workplace.  This can have a focus on those who have been underrepresented or marginalised in society, and not limited to e.g. socio-economic background, identity, disability, gender etc.


Future Leaders

For those initiatives that help support awareness and pathways to the future careers of budding event professionals.  Initiatives in our sector such as Event First Steps and Event Grads are programmes that have been working in this space.  AEME initiatives can build on similar programmes, and or propose new ones/partnerships with a similar vein that have solid legacy planning as part of this.



For those submissions that have a focus on advancing our knowledge as it relates to sustainable practice and protocols, e.g. on environmental, economic or social grounds.  This can include but not limited to initiatives that align with action for the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).   


Teaching, Learning and Engagement

These three areas can focus on initiatives that help advance our understanding of enhancements to our Teaching, Learning and Engagement environments on Event Management courses.  On the back of the pandemic, this provides more scope to explore the virtual tools that help to support face to face teaching, whilst in keeping with QAA subject benchmarks.  It can also include bespoke platforms that mimic applied events scenarios to help engage students in practical ways.   



This can and may include work that proposes to improve upon our knowledge of best practice for wellbeing support in workplace, and wellbeing designed into event space.  Organisations such as Event Well and Stress Matters are leading the way here however there is scope for AEME projects to build on this to propose future projects and collaboration that keep moving and developing initiatives in the wellbeing spectrum forward.

What will we fund?

  • A range of activities directly related to researching an area related to one of the SIGs, such as travel, fieldwork, networking, staff time and data analysis.

  • Support for any dissemination activity, such as hosting one-day conferences, seminars, workshops and ‘virtual’ dissemination activities. Activities that involve practitioners, policy makers and non-academic audiences are encouraged.

  • Activities related to developing education in the field of events management including aspects of pedagogical research such as fieldwork and data analysis, and the design and/or development of educational resources.


Please note, attendance at conferences will not be funded


Guidance for Applicants

  • The fund is a one-off opportunity and AEME will fund up to £20,000 overall during the call.  There is no minimum amount.

  • Individual applications can request up to a maximum of £20,000.

  • AEME may award a partial amount of that which is requested.

  • Preference will be given to applications that have additional or match-funding.

  • Individual member institutions can lead a maximum of ONE application during the call (Principal Researcher/Institution should be identified).

  • Collaborations across academic AEME member institutions are encouraged.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of at least three current AEME Executive Committee members, who will be appointed by the AEME Executive Committee.


Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The clarity and coherence of proposed activity in relation to the specified SIG (25%);

  • Contribution to the achievement of AEME’s overall objectives (see About | AEME) (25%);

  • Originality, creativity, dissemination plan and impact (25%);

  • Realistic costings/budget (and with, where appropriate, evidence of match funding) (25%)




Deadline for submission of applications:  Friday 23rd June 2023


This funding call will run from 1st August 2023 to 31st July 2024 and therefore all monies must be spent by this final date.


Dissemination of outputs of the project to be delivered at AEME Forum 2024.

For more information and an application form please email: OR

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