The way we fund research is changing to support our new strategy, which aims to support science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.
We'll support discovery research in any discipline through a simplified set of funding schemes designed to encourage a broad range of applications. And we're taking on three global health challenges – mental health, global heating and infectious diseases.
Find out what this means for you.
Our current funding schemes will close during 2021. Most will be open for one or two more application rounds, depending on the scheme. Check the relevant scheme pages for application deadlines.
If you’re currently funded by Wellcome, your grant will remain in place for its agreed duration.
If your grant is ending soon, or you're new to Wellcome, and you want to apply for one of our current schemes, check the relevant scheme pages for guidance and deadlines.
Our three new discovery research schemes will enable researchers to generate new health-related insights, tools and technologies.
The new schemes will be designed to give researchers more freedom, time and resource to pursue their ideas and build a better research culture.
They will support:
They will be open to:
We will publish more details, including the criteria and eligibility for the new schemes, in early 2021. We will not be able to answer individual queries about our new schemes until then.
The new schemes will open for applications in summer 2021.
Each health challenge programme will fund research and other activities in any country according to its goals and defined set of outcomes. This may be through directed funding or through one-off open calls from time to time.
We'll provide more information as our strategy for each programme develops.