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Funding Opportunity: Development Awards (Broadcast, Games and Film)

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Published: 21st August 2013.

The Wellcome Trust Development Awards support the development of broadcast, games or film proposals that engage the audience with issues around biomedical science in an innovative, entertaining and accessible way.

The awards are meant to fund individuals and organisations with brilliant early-stage ideas for television, radio, games platforms or cinema. In broadcast they are keen to receive proposals in all genres, though they are particularly interested in series, format ideas and drama; multi-platform proposals are welcomed.

The funding will enable these ideas to be developed into high-impact, well-researched proposals that can be used to secure a UK distribution platform and production funding. Development funds might be used to undertake thorough research, create a taster tape, build a game prototype or develop a script. Your project should primarily be aimed at a mainstream UK and/or Republic of Ireland audience in the first instance, although the subject matter can be international.

Please note that current affairs programmes are not eligible for Development Awards.

Development Awards are worth up to £10 000, for a maximum of one year.

In terms of eligibility, the scheme is open to broadcast, games and film professionals and other organisations or individuals working on broadcast, games and film projects. Partnerships between those working in these industries and other professionals, such as scientists, ethicists and educators, are especially welcomed.

To be eligible, applicants must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, although other members of the project team can be based overseas. The proposal must primarily be aimed at a mainstream UK and/or Republic of Ireland audience in the first instance but the subject matter can be international.

Projects must be scientifically sound - scientific input is sought either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration.

Projects that are not eligible for Development Awards include health promotion or campaigning projects, arts projects for therapeutic purposes, or projects that do not deal with biomedical sciences or the history of medicine.

For more information regarding the application process and previous projects that were awarded funding, please refer to the Wellcome Trust website.

Read about our broadcast media strategy to find out about the other ways The Wellcome Trust can support broadcasters.


You can contact us at:

Broadcast Awards Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building 215 Euston Road London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 8806 E

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