How we engage the public

We believe that if the public – by which we mean individuals, communities and society – are actively involved in our work, then Wellcome will be more likely to succeed in its mission and will become even more accountable.  

We focus on people, helping everyone play their own role in improving health.

Why it's important

The public engagement we support:

What we're doing

We develop and support the best ways of bringing science and health research closer to the society in which it operates. 

To make this happen, we’re investing in and partnering with people, organisations and projects around the world: 

Credit: Wellcome Trust

Our Public Engagement Fund enables individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research. Have a look at all of our funding.

Who we support

The people, projects and places we support range from small community groups and charities to Nobel Prize winners and national galleries.

Our projects include:

We also run Wellcome Collection, the free visitor destination for the incurably curious.

We want our work to reach as many people as possible, especially people we haven’t yet talked to. We prioritise projects for audiences who have few opportunities to engage with research. 

Read more about the projects we’ve funded.

Our work with partners

Connecting with research can inspire new ideas and enrich existing ones. We believe that to engage as many people as possible in improving health, we need to work with a variety of partners.

As well as offering funding, we have previously run programmes of activities that have focused on sectors: 

Public engagement for researchers

We want the researchers and organisations we fund to talk to the public about their work.

To help, we offer support for scientists and academics who want to engage the public with their research.

Public Engagement Associates - pilot programme

We want to involve more people in our work, so we’re trialling a new way of working. This programme is designed to find people from a range of backgrounds and sectors to help shape our work, challenge and inspire us, and to bring fresh insights. 

Our first call for nominations in March/April 2018 has closed, but keep an eye on future rounds. Find out more about the programme


Opinion | 27 September 2018

Collaboration was key to success in latest Public Engagement Fund awards by Greer Roberts, Alexandra Parsons


See our public engagement funding schemes