Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

This scheme funds early stage ideas for 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:

Up to £10,000

Duration of funding:

Up to 1 year

Contact us

About your eligibility, the application process, funding policies or general queries about grants:

About the scope and content of your proposal:

About our online application system:

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.

  • Full applications deadline

    27 July 2016, 17:00 (GMT/BST)

Projects we've funded

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

Development Funds are open to those working in the broadcast, games and film industries. You must have an idea that: 

  • you can develop into a high-impact, well-researched proposal 
  • will potentially lead to further funding and a broadcast or distribution platform
  • will engage an audience in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way.

You can use the funding in many ways, such as to:

  • research and write a script 
  • create a treatment and/or teasers and sizzle reels
  • build game prototypes
  • brainstorm ideas with researchers at workshops.

In some circumstances, research and development funds can be used for a project that’s already in production but needs additional development and/or research to shape the final production. Your development idea should:

  • target an audience in the UK or Republic of Ireland (the subject matter can be international)
  • involve experts through direct collaboration and/or an advisory role.

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 production funding of up to £40,000 for fully developed projects, see our Co-production Fund.

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

For experimental art films and 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
  • 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

Co-production Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

Funding TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.
Full details of Co-production 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
Scheme finder

What we offer

Development Funds up to £10,000 are available, and can last for up to a year.

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 the following information before you complete your application:

  1. Submit your full application

    If you need approval from someone in your organisation, this person will need to register, approve and submit your application.

    View a sample full application form for Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film [PDF 959KB].

  2. Review

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

  3. Decision

    We'll give you our decision within six weeks of the full application deadline. If successful, we'll pay you about a month later. You should allow at least two months between applying and starting the award.

    At the end of an award, you'll need to give us a summary of your progress and any supporting materials you develop as part of the grant, such as scripts or taster tapes.

Dates

  • Full applications deadline

    27 July 2016, 17:00 (GMT/BST)

Definitions

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