ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award


ScotPEN has been awarded funding of £500,000 from Wellcome to initiate a new 18 month pilot collaboration to support Wellcome grant holders in Scotland to engage the public with their research.


The funding pilot is designed to improve the quality and quantity of successful research engagement projects and increase opportunities for institutional collaborations. The ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award (SWEA) will replace Wellcome’s Research Enrichment for Public Engagement scheme for those based in Scottish universities and research institutes.

The first call for application has now closed. The second funding call will open in November 2019 and close in March 2020.


The SWEA team is organising a series of training and networking events to support applicants. Further information will follow but we are keen for any input regarding training needs. More information will be posted on the call page and on our events page. To feedback on training needs or other queries, please contact 


The University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews, University of Dundee, University of Aberdeen, and University of Edinburgh are contributing to the steering group for this pilot award as supporters of ScotPEN. The first point of contact for all Wellcome funded researchers should be their locally situated central public engagement teams. If your insitution does not have a contact listed please contact

Central public engagement teams in Scottish universities and research institutes:


University of Glasgow: 

University of St Andrews:

University of Dundee:

University of Aberdeen:

University of Edinburgh: or for enquiries from CMVM

University of Strathclyde:

Scottish Rural University College: 

Herriot Watt University:  

Edinburgh Napier University:

Glasgow Caledonian University: 

We recognise this list is not exhaustive; please contact to have your team included here.

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