Funded people and projects
Find out about the people and projects we've funded, including grants awarded and the latest grant funding data.
As of 2021/22 year-end, Wellcome’s active grant research portfolio comprises 3,242 awards worth more than £7.1 billion. This has increased by 25% since 2019/20.
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View biomedical research grants funded by Wellcome and other global research funders on the World RePORT database, hosted by the National Institutes of Health.
Grant funding data for 2021/22
Wellcome’s financial reporting year runs from October to September. The financial year 2021/22 ran from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.
In 2021/22, the way we fund research changed to support our new strategy.
The awards in 2021/22 include those made under the final rounds of our previous schemes and those awarded through our new Discovery Research, Infectious Disease, Mental Health and Climate and Health research programmes.
This means that not all the data from this year is comparable with previous years.
In 2021/22, we received 2,756 applications for funding and made 629 awards worth almost £1.5bn – an increase from £1.1bn in 2019/20.
Where does Wellcome fund?
Our funding is global – in 2021/22, we made awards to 353 organisations across 65 countries.
As of 2021/22 year-end, Wellcome’s active grant portfolio includes funding to 958 organisations across 110 countries.
24% (£1.7bn) of the portfolio is directly awarded to organisations outside the UK (see map below). In addition, 7% (£532mn) is awarded internationally via UK organisations.
45% (£3.1bn) of our grant portfolio is administered by five UK organisations – Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Oxford, University College London, University of Cambridge and Francis Crick Institute.
Figure 3: UK administering organisations with more than £50mn in active funding at the end of the financial year 2021/22
Who does Wellcome fund?
In 2021 we published our diversity and inclusion strategy, which included our commitment to ensuring the people we fund are more representative of the global population. Continuing to publish our grant funding data is part of our commitment to getting there.
Applications in 2021/22
- 66% of applications we received were from White researchers (down from 71% in 2019/20), 13% from Asian or Asian British researchers, 12% from Black or Black British researchers and 9% from researchers of mixed or other ethnicities.
- In the UK, a higher proportion (77%) of applications were from White researchers, and just 51 applications (2.7%) were from Black or Black British researchers
- 47% of applications we received were from women, the same proportion as in 2019/20.
- Women continue to make up a smaller proportion of applicants for awards of higher financial value.
- 3.1% of applications were from disabled researchers, compared with 4.1% in 2019/20.
- 72% of awards were made to researchers from White backgrounds (down from 81% in 2019/20), 12% to Asian or Asian British researchers, 8% to Black or Black British researchers and 9% to researchers of mixed or other ethnicities.
- We made 13 awards to Black or Black British researchers based at UK organisations.
- 49% of awards were made to women, the same proportion as in 2019/20.
- 2.5% of awards were made to disabled researchers, compared to 3.5% in 2019/20.
Award rates in 2021/22 for our competitive schemes and funding calls
- Award rates were 12.5% for White researchers compared to 9.5% for researchers from racially marginalised backgrounds (Black, Asian, mixed and other ethnicities) (up from 7.5% in 2019/20).
- Award rates were similar for men (11.4%) and women (11.2%).
- Data for disabled applicants is too low to report.
Expert advisory panels
We have worked to diversify our expert advisory panels, which shortlist and interview applicants.
Of Wellcome’s expert advisory panel members in 2021/22:
- 55% were women, up from 48% in 2019/20.
- 23% were from racially marginalised backgrounds, up from 15% in 2019/20.
- 45% were from outside the UK, up from 39% in 2019/20.
- 51% were early-mid career researchers (data not reported in 2019/20).