Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

This funding, previously known as the Provision for Public Engagement, helps Wellcome grantholders engage the public with their research.

Public engagement activities – where researchers share their ideas with the public and in return get new perspectives on their research – can inspire learning, enhance research and help to improve health.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Up to £250,000, or 5% of the funding awarded under your main Wellcome grant

Duration of funding:

Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

Who can apply

You can apply for Research Enrichment – Public Engagement funding if you have a proposal for a programme of activities to inspire, consult or collaborate with the public about your research. 

You must be:

  • a current Wellcome-funded grantholder who is a lead applicant from one of our eligible schemes

or

  • a new applicant to one of our eligible schemes.

All of our funding schemes are eligible for Research Enrichment – Public Engagement funding, apart from the following: 

You must be able to complete your proposed programme of activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

Your proposal 

Your proposed programme of activities should include opportunities for you to:

  • involve non-specialist audiences in dialogue and debate about your research area 
  • develop your public engagement practice.

The programmes and activities we support can take many forms, such as exhibitions, community festivals and working with artists. 

We will review: 

  • the vision for your programme of activities, including aims and target audiences
  • the creative ways you’ll reach and involve your non-specialist audience over the lifetime of your research project, beyond a single one-off event
  • how you’ll monitor and evaluate your programme of activities, including success
  • the people you'll work with and how they'll support what you do.

We want our researchers to:

  • develop their public engagement skills
  • put their ideas into action
  • have access to training in how to communicate and engage with the public
  • make lasting partnerships with community and cultural organisations.

Other schemes

Research Enrichment – Open Research

Supporting Wellcome grantholders to develop innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Open Research

Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion

Enabling Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion
Scheme finder

You can ask for Research Enrichment – Public Engagement funding of up to £250,000, or 5% of the funding awarded under your main Wellcome grant.

You should ask for a level of funding that's justifiable for the scale and scope of your research grant, and proposed public engagement programme.

Enrichment funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant.

Funds can be used for a range of costs such as:

  • We will provide costs for staff who will coordinate and support the development of your public engagement programme. You can ask for these costs if:

    • you have a public engagement programme with substantial reach and impact
    • your main Wellcome grant is a large research grant with more than one research group, eg a Collaborative Award.

    We don't cover the salaries of staff already funded by their organisation.

  • other personnel costs directly related to the programme, including salary replacement or cover, eg teaching staff
  • consultancy costs and project management fees
  • direct activity and production costs, including venue costs, equipment and materials
  • relevant public engagement training and development for you and any staff employed on your grant
  • We will provide travel costs for you to:

    • attend relevant training or public engagement conferences
    • visit audiences and collaborators
    • develop and deliver your public engagement activities
    • support the involvement of collaborators and audiences.
  • evaluation, including formative/development costs
  • administration costs that are not already covered by other funding
  • marketing and publicity costs for events and activities
  • We will provide costs for enhanced DBS checks (formerly Criminal Records Bureau checks) for applications in the UK. If you are a scientist, these are free if you register to be a Science and Engineering Ambassador.

  • contingency costs, as long as these are reasonable and you can justify them
  • VAT on fees where the VAT can't be reclaimed.

What we don’t offer

You can't use Research Enrichment – Public Engagement funding for:

  • engagement activities that are essential to carrying out your research in an ethical way, eg consulting with community advisory panels or communicating research findings to research participants
  • media and communication activities, such as broadcast, radio, websites and press releases engagement activities with policy makers without the involvement of public voices.

We don't provide funds for directly allocated or indirect costs unless they're included on this page.

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).

Start your application

Please read our guidance notes before you apply: 

View the  Sample full application form for Research Enrichment [PDF 100KB].

Current Wellcome-funded grantholders

You can apply at any time from your award date, but you need to be able complete your programme of activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

New applicants

You can apply at any time while you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant. Your application for Research Enrichment funding will be considered as soon as you’ve been informed that your main Wellcome grant has been awarded.  

Decision

Wellcome staff will assess your application. 

We aim to give you a decision and any feedback within ten weeks of the Research Enrichment application deadline. There are no interviews. 

We may invite you to apply for a second Research Enrichment – Public Engagement award in certain circumstances.

Applying for more than one type of Research Enrichment funding

You can also apply for enrichment funding for open research and diversity and inclusion

You’ll need to complete a separate application form for each type of funding. Applications will be assessed separately.

Disabled applicants

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

Dates

We make decisions on applications four times a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

April 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    16 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018

July 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    9 July 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    September 2018

Definitions

Postdoctoral research

For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Returning to research

For people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.

Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Clinical

You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.

Public health

Key dates

We make decisions on applications four times a year. 

April 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    16 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018

July 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    9 July 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    September 2018

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

People we've funded