How we engage the public

Because health matters to everyone, we should all have the opportunity to explore, debate and shape science and health research.

That’s why we encourage conversations about science and health that are informed and inclusive. It’s through these conversations that great ideas are shaped and shared, and everyone can play a 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 people, places and projects around the world, through our funding schemes and other opportunities: 

Wellcome Trust

In January 2017, we opened applications to our new Public Engagement Fund, which replaces many of our old schemes. We did this to help make our funding more accessible and easier to apply for. Read more about the thinking behind our new Public Engagement Fund, or look at all of our available funding.

Who we support

The people, projects and places we support include everyone 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 don’t talk to yet. We prioritise projects for audiences who have few opportunities to engage with research. If you represent a community or organisation that we’re not involved with, we’d love to hear from you.

Read more about the projects that we’ve funded.

Our work with creative communities

Connecting with research can inspire new ideas and enrich existing ones. As well as offering funding, we help with the development of content and networks.

We run programmes of activities for specific sectors:

Public engagement for researchers

Being able to engage the public makes researchers – and their research – more successful. 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.


See our public engagement funding schemes