People Awards

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

Scheme at a glance

Project stage:

Production and project delivery

Where your audience is:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Level of funding:

Up to £40,000

Duration of funding:

Up to 3 years

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.

People we've funded

Dr Lindsay Keith

When I applied for a People Award, I knew Wellcome was an organisation that will take risks and that believes in true public engagement.

Dr Lindsay Keith

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Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

Your project team must include the right expertise to develop and deliver the project, including a scientific expert (ie, a research scientist, clinician, ethicist or medical historian). The scientific expert can lead the project, be a collaborator or take on an advisory role.

In most cases, your team should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The primary public audience must also be in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

The person leading the project team can apply as an individual, but the project must be administered through an organisation.

We can fund:

  • small to medium one-off projects
  • projects that pilot new ideas and aim to reach larger audiences after the award
  • parts of larger projects.

You can use the award to fund activities such as:

  • workshops, events, debates and discussions
  • exhibitions and museum outreach
  • educational films, games, websites, and projects that work across these media
  • performance or theatre projects involving existing work, or work that may be more illustrative than artistic
  • discussion, debate and opinion-gathering projects that feed into policy making
  • creation of teaching materials
  • working with the collections of the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum.

Who can't apply

You can't apply if your proposal is mainly about:

  • a health promotion or campaign
  • art for therapeutic purposes
  • academic research (apart from when it’s integral to the project’s development eg action research).

What we're looking for

People's Awards aim to support projects that:

  • provide evidence of audience need
  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about science and the history of medicine
  • reach audiences with a wide geographical spread across the UK and/or Republic of Ireland
  • support formal and informal learning
  • inform, inspire and involve audiences of all ages and from all walks of life
  • bring together the right team members and disciplines
  • investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education.

Other schemes

Society Awards

Supporting public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. Grants range from £40,000 to around £250,000.
Full details of Society Awards

Small Arts Awards

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

Large Arts Awards

Funding artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research. These awards offer support from £40,000 to £150,000.
Full details of Large Arts Awards
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What we offer

People Awards are for up to three years and offer support up to £40,000. This support can include any costs directly associated with delivering the project, such as:

  • staff

    You can ask for salary costs for yourself if you’re:

    • part of a small or independent organisation
    • a freelance artist or engagement professional.

    You can’t ask for salary costs for yourself if you’re:

    • an academic on a permanent funded post.

    You can ask for salary costs for staff if:

    • they are essential to your project.

    You can’t ask for salary costs for staff if:

    • they already have a salary for the period of the grant
    • they’re employed by someone else.

    Team members could include project management staff and artists employed on your grant.

  • research/teaching buy-out leave to cover the costs of a temporary replacement lecturer or teacher

  • materials, consumables and equipment if they're appropriate to the project and you can justify them

  • production costs, including marketing of the work

  • travel and subsistence relevant to the project

  • evaluation costs

    We'll pay for all of your project evaluation costs, including independent evaluation if justified.

    The evaluation costs should be 5-10% of the total project costs you're requesting.

  • other costs

    You can ask for all costs associated with delivering your project up to a total of £40,000. You will need to justify these and include a breakdown in your application.
    We cover:

    • venue hire and access charges
    • Disclosure and Barring Service checks
    • contingency costs, up to 5% of the total costs you’re requesting
    • administration costs that aren’t already covered by other funding
    • access support including, but not limited to, British Sign Language interpretation and PA support.

    We don’t cover:

    • salary costs for staff who are already funded by their organisation
    • core overheads of the organisation administering your grant that aren’t related to the project eg heating and rent
    • academic courses such as Master’s degrees or PhDs, and other tuition fees
    • expenses incurred submitting your application
    • costs incurred before your project starts.

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

We advise you to email PEgrants@wellcome.ac.uk about your project before you apply. Please contact us well ahead of the application deadline.

Before you complete your application, please read the following information:

  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 People Awards [PDF 1.2MB].

  2. Review

    A funding committee will review your application. We provide written feedback for all eligible applications. The committee may ask for independent expert reviews of the applications.

  3. Decision

    We'll let you know our decision two to three months after the full application deadline.

Dates

May 2016 round

  • Full application deadline

    20 May 2016

Definitions

Production and project delivery
UK
Republic of Ireland