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Wellcome Trust unveils new funding framework

18 November 2014

The Wellcome Trust are making several changes to the schemes they offer, including a new funding mechanism for collaborative research by teams, and the introduction of seed grants to support researchers who want to develop original and innovative ideas.


The most significant changes to the funding framework are:

  • A new scheme for collaborative research, to support groups of researchers to pursue key questions. This scheme is to enable team projects, led by multiple researchers, which can only succeed through working together.
  • A new scheme for seed funding to support original and innovative ideas, with a view to enabling researchers to move towards a larger research application.
  • Our New Investigator and Senior Investigator Award schemes are merging into a single Investigator Award scheme. All candidates will be considered according to their career stage and experience to date.
  • Increased opportunities for research leaders of the future through our established schemes of Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sir Henry Dale Fellowships.
  • New schemes to encourage the development of portfolios of translational research projects and sustained excellence in public engagement.

Across the funding framework the Wellcome Trust are introducing a clearer distinction between strategic funding and responsive funding. Responsive funding, which represents the majority, is being divided into five categories that run across our Science, Innovations, Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Engaging Science programmes.