Co-production Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

The Co-production Fund has been replaced by the Public Engagement Fund.

Previously, the Co-production Fund supported TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.

Scheme at a glance

This scheme is now closed

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

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.

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 provide funds for directly allocated or indirect costs unless they're included on this page.

The Co-production Fund has been replaced by the Public Engagement Fund.

 

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

Definitions

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

Contact us

For general queries about grants, contact