Co-production Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

This scheme funds TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.

Scheme at a glance

Project stage:

Research and development, Production and project delivery, Building your organisation

Where your audience is:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Level of funding:

Usually up to £40,000 (up to £300,000 in exceptional circumstances)

Duration of funding:

Three years

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Key dates

This scheme has no further application deadlines for 2016. We will announce our new funding framework for public engagement schemes in November 2016.

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

Co-production Funds are open to people working in the broadcast, games and film industries.

Your proposal should be aimed at a mainstream audience in the UK or Republic of Ireland (the subject matter can be international).

Your proposed content must:

  • involve experts through direct collaboration and/or an advisory role
  • be rigorously researched with balanced viewpoints
  • be co-produced in association with a broadcaster or other mass entertainment platform
  • have funding from another organisation that's at least equal to the amount you request from us.

Co-production Funds are up to £40,000. In exceptional circumstances, we offer Co-production Funds up to £300,000 for projects that are outstanding in ambition and impact.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if your proposal is:

  • a current affairs programme
  • a health promotion or campaign
  • academic research (apart from when it’s integral to your project’s development, eg action research).

For research and development of ideas for TV, radio, games and film, see our Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film.

For public engagement surrounding your project eg film outreach through Q&A screenings, see our People Awards.

For experimental art films or digital art projects, see our Small Arts Awards.

What we're looking for

A successful application will show: 

  • a fresh approach to a subject 
  • the potential to reach, captivate and enthral entertainment-seeking (rather than science-seeking) audiences
  • a financial plan and partnerships with funders and distributers (to guarantee quality and an audience) 
  • how your team will work with expert advisers to develop the project and affect its outcome
  • that careful thought has been given to the science context and its social implications 
  • the need for and potential impact of Wellcome Trust funding
  • project feasibility, including justification for its budget
  • the track record of the project team and partners.

Other schemes

Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

Funding early stage ideas for TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.
Full details of Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

People Awards

Supporting public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. Grants are up to £40,000.
Full details of People Awards

Small Arts Awards

Funding new artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research.
Full details of Small Arts Awards
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What we offer

Co-production Funds are up to £40,000. In exceptional circumstances, we offer Co-production Funds up to £300,000.

The funding can be spent over three years.

What we don’t offer

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How to apply

This scheme has no further application deadlines for 2016. We will announce our new funding framework for public engagement schemes in November 2016.

Find out more about the pause in our public engagement funding.

Stages of application

Please read our Co-production Fund application guidelines before you complete your application:

Application guidelines: Co-production Fund [PDF 199KB]

View a sample full application form for Co-production Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film [PDF 1MB]. This form is for funds up £40,000 and up to £300,000.

Co-production Funds up to £40,000

  1. Submit a full application form online

    There are no further application deadlines for 2016.

  2. Review

    With external advisers, we assess all eligible projects on merit and need. 

  3. Decision

    We’ll give you our decision within two months of the full application deadline.

Co-production Funds £40,000 to £300,000

There are no further application deadlines for 2016.

More information

All Co-production Funds are subject to contract. The Wellcome Trust requires a proportional share of any financial benefits arising from any commercial exploitation of a funded project. The Trust will also expect certain rights and credits in return for its investment.

Definitions

Research and development
Production and project delivery
Building your organisation
UK
Republic of Ireland