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
Type of researcher:
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
- a successful applicant to one of our schemes – you've received an award confirmation letter.
You must be a lead applicant.
All of our funding schemes are eligible for Research Enrichment – Public Engagement funding, apart from the following:
- Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Master's Awards in Humanities and Social Science
- Four-year PhD Studentships in Science
- PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians
- Doctoral Studentships
- Biomedical Vacation Scholarships
- Seed Awards in Science
- Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
- Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science
- Engagement Fellowships
- Inspiring Science Fund
- Public Engagement Fund
- Science Media Studentships
- Sustaining Excellence Awards
- The Hub Award
You must be able to complete your proposed programme of activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant.
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.
Research Enrichment – Open Research
Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion
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 fund overheads.
You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).Start your application
Please read our guidance notes before you apply:
- Research Enrichment – Public Engagement: notes on applying [PDF 63KB]
- Research Enrichment – Public Engagement: ten common pitfalls [PDF 273KB]
- Planning your public engagement
If you’re already a Wellcome-funded grantholder
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.
If you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant
You can begin your application for Research Enrichment funding at any time while you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant.
You should only submit your Research Enrichment application when you’ve been informed that your main Wellcome grant has been awarded.
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’ll need to complete a separate application form for each type of funding. Applications will be assessed separately.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
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.
January 2019 round
21 January 2019, 17:00 GMT
- 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.
You're not a clinically qualified researcher.
You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.
- Public health