Enabling Fund for Public Engagement

Helping turn great public engagement ideas into reality

What is the Enabling Fund?

Our Enabling Fund helps support great ideas for public engagement from staff and students across the campus. Awards of up to £1,500 are available on a competitive basis for activities that engage public audiences with the science and innovation that takes place at the Wellcome Genome Campus. Ideas that stimulate dialogue and discussion are particularly welcome, as are initiatives that reach underserved audiences - including communities or groups who would normally be unlikely to interact with the campus or its science. 

There are three rounds of funding per year with deadlines in January, June and September.

Applications are open for the next round. Deadline: 5pm, Friday 22nd June 2018.

All applications are assessed by a panel consisting of internal and external judges, and successful projects in the second round will be announced on Friday 6th July. If you want to discuss your idea in advance, drop us a line at engage@wgc.org.uk.

You might also find our online guides to thinking about your Audiences and Evaluation helpful to consult.

The full terms and guidance, together with the application form are available to download below.

Projects funded so far

Four projects were funded in the first round of the Enabling Fund. Let their ideas inspire you to devise your own!

Molecular Muses: The team from EMBL-EBI's Protein Data Bank in Europe will expand their on-going innovative project to explore the fascinating world of protein structures through collaboration with local art societies and school art departments in Cambridgeshire to enable wider participation from state schools that have faced barriers to participation because of travel and other costs.

Unearthing our past: the history of cholera across the UK, ancient and new: Wellcome Sanger Institute's Nick Thomson and his team will be using their funds to undertake exploratory work for a larger public engagement project in conjunction with the University of Dundee. The exploratory work will connect scientists with local historians, anthropologists, community groups and schools to develop a framework for examining historical cases of cholera in the UK and connecting this with contemporary pandemics.

'Genomics - The Musical': Rishi Nag from the Global Allinace 4 Global Health project at EMBL-EBI will be donning a sequin jacket* to develop a 40-minute one-person stage show telling the stories behind some of the key concepts of genetics. The show will be composed of 8 musical "mini-lectures" with specially-devised lyrics and music with a visual backdrop.
*Sequin jacket not funded by the scheme and may be fictitious.

Using animals in research: The Wellcome Sanger Institute's Research Support Facility team will be using their award to deliver a one-day interactive event on Campus to showcase the work of the RSF for invited schools, members of the public and all Campus staff through hands-on activities, talks and games. As a signatory to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, this event will be an important chance to share the work of the RSF.


Guidance and application form