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Your Podcast Idea

Engaging with health research can seem a daunting concept, but what does it really mean and how would your podcast achieve it? 

We’re looking for podcasts that either have large general audience or specific niches, in order to engage different communities in interesting ways.

We’re trying not being too prescriptive over what you use the fund for – you know your audience better than us – but here are a few examples to get you thinking:

  • a blockbuster comedy wants to make a mini-series looking at the truth behind sexual health claims, featuring interviews with doctors and nurses
  • a panel show wants to book special guest contributors from the scientific community, with support from the Wellcome Trust media team
  • fiction series introducing character’s death, with funds supporting writers to research script and fact-checking end-of-life care
  • A new feature in an LGBTQ+ inclusive magazine show, partnering with LGBTQ+ elders to discover health needs in later life
  • long-running doc series, fronted by a prominent writer, produces three bonus eps with members of a BAME community to explore the role of mental health services
  • interview show with a predominantly male audience exploring attitudes to erectile dysfunction through case studies and experts found through Wellcome Trust communication teams


In your proposal, you should explain how the fund can best support your aims (for example, through providing access to science research, paying for travel/production days, funding a researcher).

Further Reading…

Whilst this scheme is podcast-specific, the funding is part of a broader project by Wellcome on engagement in health; for more inspiration, check out their other recently funded projects, and perhaps think about what a podcast execution would look like?

This may spark off ideas for your application


Children in Scotland: Young peer researchers aged 10–18 in areas of high deprivation will collect data from their peers in their own communities on how their local area affects their health – this will be turned into recommendations for local and national government.

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People’s History of the NHS: Production of an episode of a BBC series called The People’s History of the NHS and the creation and sharing of video assets with Warwick University, which will increase public engagement with its research project and website:

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Drama Series: The adaptation of the award-winning short story ‘What it means when a man falls from the sky’ by Lesley Arimah into a drama series. The script development team will consist of a prize-winning author, an award-winning director/producer and a freelance cognitive neuroscientist script editor. The screenplay will be underpinned with biomedical research.

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WRISK: Empowering women by involving them in co-producing principles for communication and providing a platform for critical appraisal and discussion of risk and reproductive health.

It will bring together public health policy with the complex interests of women to produce principles for a more respectful approach to guidance about health risks and reproductive health.

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Eternal Beauty: The creation of a film that redresses the balance and contributes towards a greater understanding and thoughtfulness towards schizophrenia.  It will present a sensitive, humane, yet accessible, depiction of the condition. Scientists will work with actors during rehearsals, contributing to the production process on set.

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