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The Pulse Award

The Pulse Award is a partnership with Wellcome to create an exciting new opportunity for podcasters and their listeners to champion conversations around public health, called the Pulse Award.

We’re providing £50,000 in funding for existing podcasts to run features, episodes or short-form series that engage with the public about health research. 

We will fund podcasts with grants of up to £5,000.

We want audio that tries to do one (or more) of these things:

  • In your podcast, use, respond to, and/or participate in health research and innovation (or help your listeners to do so)
  • Help researchers make their research more people-centred, to better understand people’s experiences and draw on that knowledge. Can you connect your listeners’ experiences and uniqueness with science and health researchers?
  • Help your listeners to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society.

Whilst not essential, we’re especially interested in work which promotes diversity and inclusion, and engages people and communities who are affected by social and economic disadvantage.

In applying, you’ll tell us:

  • What you’re trying to achieve with this series
  • The people you want to reach, and how you will reach them 
  • Whether there’s any previous activities, knowledge or learning that your proposal will build on 
  • An outline plan of what you’ll be making and how you’re going to do it


What we’re not after:

  • Audio that delivers health interventions with primarily therapeutic purposes (so not about preventing, diagnosing or treating disease) 
  • Running or promoting health campaigns (for example a traditional “get the flu jab” campaign)
  • Providing health information (for example features on eating healthily)
  • Telling people what to do rather than enabling them to make their own decisions

The Pulse Award Launch