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Round 4 of The ScotPEN Wellcome Engagement Award (SWEA) Open

SWEA is a pilot scheme that funds Wellcome grantholders in Scotland to engage the public with their research. It replaces Wellcome’s Research Enrichment: Public Engagement funding scheme in Scotland (this Wellcome blog explains why).

Round 4: Opens Tuesday 1st June 2021 – closes Friday 8th October 2021.

Please check with your institutional public engagement team for any earlier internal deadline.

We normally expect to make awards of between £5,000 and £100,000. Partnership working and inter-institutional collaborative applications are encouraged within the SWEA scheme. Early careers researchers are eligible to apply as named co-applicants or project partners. The end date for this award must be no later than that of your main Wellcome grant.

​Your application must be submitted by email to your institutional public engagement contact, who will pass it to SWEA's administrative team. You are encouraged to contact your institutional public engagement team early in the process for guidance and support with your application. A list of institutional public engagement teams in Scottish Universities can be found below. If your local contact is not listed below please contact scotpen-wellcome-engagement-award@glasgow.ac.uk for further information.  

​This is a competitive call and applications will be assessed by a panel of engagement experts and researchers, with peer review invited for larger projects. Guidance Notes and Application Forms can be downloaded using the links above. If you decide to apply, please ensure you have also read the Supplementary Information document (link above), which outlines eligible activities and costs and explains the assessment criteria. ​A PEP checklist is designed to help public engagement professionals ensure applications are ready for submission and should be downloaded and included with the application.

​The SWEA team is keen for any input regarding training needs. To feed back on this or for other queries, please contact scotpen-wellcome-engagement-award@glasgow.ac.uk.

Artwork above by Ziggy's Wish, from the graphic novel "Tailored Treatments", a SWEA-funded project.


Central public engagement teams in Scottish universities and research institutes:


University of Glasgow: mvls-engage@glasgow.ac.uk 

University of St Andrews: standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk

University of Dundee:  SLS-PublicEngagement@dundee.ac.uk

University of Aberdeen: peru@abdn.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh: f.murray@ed.ac.uk or Hazel.Lambert@ed.ac.uk for enquiries from CMVM

University of Strathclyde: publicengagement@strath.ac.uk

Herriot Watt University: HWEngage@hw.ac.uk  

Edinburgh Napier University: dawn.smith@napier.ac.uk

Glasgow Caledonian University: Susan.grant@gcu.ac.uk 

We recognise this list is not exhaustive; please contact standengaged@st-andrews.ac.uk to have your team included here.