Wellcome – Public Engagement Fund

Scheme at a glance

Where your project will take place:

  • UK,
  • Republic of Ireland,
  • Low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific

Level of funding: £25,000 to £3 million

Duration of funding: Up to 3 years


Who can apply

The Public Engagement Fund is open to individuals and organisations (commercial and not-for-profit). Your project must focus on health, although this doesn’t need to be your organisation’s main focus or core activity.

You can be working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning, social enterprise, non-profit and community sectors, or other fields.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for creative approaches to engage the public. Your project needs to support our public engagement goals, so it should do at least one of the following:

  • empower people by helping them to access, use, respond to, and/or participate in health research and innovation
  • improve health research by making it more people-centred, to better understand people’s experiences and draw on that knowledge
  • help people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society.

To be successful, your project must also do one of the following:

  • develop an existing activity where you have evidence that it has been successful, either by exploring ways to make it sustainable or by scaling it up in a cost-effective manner
  • learn from a successful engagement activity delivered by you or others, and replicate it with a new audience, eg a different demographic or location.
  • For more information, read Public Engagement Fund: what good proposals look like [PDF 371KB].

Awards range from £25,000 to £3 million. Your project funding can last up to three years.

Key dates

Proposals for grants of £25,000 to £250,000

January 2019 round

  • Applications deadline

    11 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    By early April 2019

Proposals for grants of £25,000 to £250,000

March 2019 round

  • Applications deadline

    26 March 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    By early July 2019

Proposals for grants of £25,000 to £250,000

July 2019 round

  • Opens for applications

    The application form will be available on Grant Tracker from early April 2019.

  • Applications deadline

    9 July 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    By early October