International Engagement Awards, Wellcome Trust, UK

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Wellcome Trust UKThe International Engagement Awards have been relaunched after the success of the previous scheme. The scheme has been refocused to award projects that are linked to Wellcome Trust-funded research.

International Engagement Awards are for projects that support Wellcome Trust-funded researchers in low- and middle-income countries to:

  • engage with the public and policy makers
  • strengthen capacity to conduct public engagement with biomedical science and health research
  • stimulate dialogue about research and its impact on the public in a range of community and public contexts
  • promote collaboration on engagement projects between researchers and community or public organisations.

Projects could engage:

  • communities and members of the public (particularly those affected by or involved in biomedical and health research)
  • science communicators, health and science journalists
  • healthcare professionals, educators, field workers, community workers
  • policy and decision makers.

The audience for the project, and the engagement activity, must be in a low- or middle-income country.

If you are interested in conducting research into the effectiveness of science communication or engagement, you may be interested in our Ethics and Society schemes.

How do I apply?
To be eligible, you must be either:

  • directly funded by the Wellcome Trust (as a researcher, research group or institution); or
  • working with a researcher, research group, institution or consortium directly funded by the Wellcome Trust.

We encourage informal discussions about potential project ideas before you submit an application, although we cannot review draft applications.

To apply for a grant of up to £30 000 for up to three years, complete a preliminary application form and submit it to the Trust by the date indicated under the ‘Deadlines’ tab.

We will assess preliminary applications for eligibility, their link to Trust-funded research and the quality of the proposed engagement project. If your preliminary application is successful, we will invite you to make a full application.

Please note that applications that do not have an appropriate link to Trust-funded research will not be accepted. Such links must be agreed with the Trust-funded grantholder in advance of submission.

Final decisions will be made approximately five months after the preliminary application deadline.

Larger grants of more than £30 000 can be applied for by invitation only to support exceptional projects.

Upcoming preliminary deadlines for the International Engagement Awards are: 19 August 2013

You can contact us at:

International Engagement Awards
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 8806

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

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