The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation supporting scientists and researchers, to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.
The Wellcome Trust supports thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world to explore great ideas, at every step of the way from discovery to impact.
The Wellcome Trusts funding schemes support individuals, teams, resources, seed ideas, places and major initiatives in these areas:
- biomedical science
- population health
- product development and applied research
- humanities and social science
- public engagement and arts projects
The Wellcome Trust funds a wide-range of programmes both by itself and in partnership with other funders in the UK and worldwide.
The majority of the Wellcome Trust’s funding opportunities are open to researchers in the UK and low- and middle-income countries working in health and biomedical research with a particular impact in poorer countries, such as infectious or neglected diseases. These grants are not limited to ‘traditional’ biomedical researchers; several programmes actively encourage interdisciplinary teams to support the exploration of new ideas.
Specific information about eligibility conditions is available alongside each Wellcome Trust grant scheme which are searchable by topic, career stage, location and other criteria.
This is a non-exhaustive list of the ongoing programmes with regular calls under this fund. For current open calls visit our funding page or the funders' websites.
Investigator Awards in Science
Investigator Awards in Science offer flexible funding support to researchers at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to the Wellcome Trust's scientific remit. The level of funding provided for an Investigator Award is flexible and can be anything from under £500,000 to around £3 million. Awards can last for up to seven years, if appropriate.
Europe and Global Challenges
This funding initiative encourages European and international researchers to work together on issues that need a coordinated global response. These global challenges cover a broad spectrum and are often interrelated. They include issues like poverty, infectious disease, global warming, water scarcity and regional conflicts.
In the 2016 call, proposals should have a social science focus and be related to:
- climate change
- global health
- terrorism and/or radicalisation
- social inequality.
This scheme is jointly funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
The Wellcome Trust offers four fellowship schemes for researchers from low- and middle-income countries to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.
- Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine - provides junior researchers with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at a Master's degree level.
- Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine - provides 3 years of salary, fees and research expenses for early-stage researchers.
- Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine - helps mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish independent research programmes in those countries. Provides 5 years of funding to cover salary and research costs.
- Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine - enables researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators in their scientific field. Provides 5 years of funding to cover salary and research costs.
For all four schemes the research proposal must focus on the Wellcome Trust's remit within the areas of public health and tropical medicine.
International Engagement Awards
International Engagement Awards provide funding for innovative public or community engagement projects that explore health research in Africa and Asia. Provides up to £30,000 for up to 3 years.
- encourage discussion about health research and its impact on communities
- promote innovative partnerships between community organisations, arts and culture, and health researchers
- develop individuals, organisations and societies so that they can carry out high-quality community engagement with health research in the future (capacity building)
The Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships
This scheme offers short-term funding for biomedical researchers to travel between the UK and the Middle East to learn new techniques and develop academic collaborations. You’ll be at the early- to mid-stage of your research career and typically at the lecturer and/or postdoctoral level. The fellowship can last from four weeks to three months.
The scheme is administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences on behalf of the Daniel Turnberg Memorial Fund. The Wellcome Trust, together with several other funders, provides funding to support the fellowships.
Pathfinder Awards fund pilot projects that address an unmet medical need or offer a new solution to a problem. The Wellcome Trust encourages applications that focus on product development that benefits people with orphan and neglected diseases. Pathfinder Awards can last up to 18 months. The award amount is usually about £100,000, but can be up to £350,000 in exceptional circumstances.
Joint Global Health Trials scheme
Funds late-stage trials of interventions that will help improve health in low- and middle incomce countries by addressing the major causes of mortality and morbidity including behavioural interventions, disease management, drugs, vaccines, and hygiene and diagnostic strategies. The Global Health Trials scheme is aimed at funding randomised controlled trials (RCTs), although other types of methodologies can be used alongside RCTs to explore implementation and operational issues.
Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. This programme provides support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.
There is usually an overall budget of about £2 million for each call. The maximum duration of a grant is 24 months.
The programme is managed by ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and is a partnership between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust.
Joint Health Systems Research Initiative
The Health Systems Research scheme funds rigorous, high quality research that provides a step change in our understanding of the optimisation of health systems to deliver new or existing evidence-based interventions for the benefit of people in low- or middle income countries. Research findings should inform the delivery of interventions or structural changes that are of direct relevance to decision makers.