Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, that is focusing on health and support of scientists and researchers. One of the way they are helping is by various grants. One of them is Public Engagement Fund.
Public Engagement Fund This fund enables individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research.
Applications deadline: 11 September 2018, 17:00 BST
Where your project will take place: UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific Level of funding: £25,000 to £3 million Duration of funding: Up to 3 years
Who can apply The Public Engagement Fund is open to individuals and organisations (commercial and not-for-profit). Your project must focus on health, although this doesn’t need to be your organisation’s main focus or core activity. You can be working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning, social enterprise, non-profit and community sectors, or other fields.
What we’re looking for We’re looking for creative approaches to engage the public. Your project needs to support our public engagement goals, so it should do at least one of the following: empower people by helping them to access, use, respond to, and/or participate in health research and innovation; improve health research by making it more people-centred, to better understand people’s experiences and draw on that knowledge; help people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society.
Although this grant isn’t focusing on health research itself that much (there are other grants from Wellcome that are more useful for this, we can apply for them next year), I think we could try apply for it. The most important right now would be idea (my proposition is to do brainstorm on this topic till the end of this week) and maybe finding the partners from low and middle income countries.
Project for this grant could go into many interesting directions: strengthening the community around OpenMRS in many creative ways (I could see SolDevelo Social Impact Foundation creating some educational materials, maybe helping promote participating in open-source projects, etc.) or doing pure IT project for OpenMRS, centered around people (I’ve read article about giving power to the patients about their data, maybe this will inspire someone? - http://www.openhealthnews.com/story/2018-08-07/eaten-alive-patients’-perspective-de-identification-personal-health-information ).
I’m waiting for your comments and suggestions.