Covid-19: understanding the biological significance of SARS-CoV-2 variants

This one-off call aims to support multidisciplinary teams to help improve our understanding of the biological significance of SARS-CoV-2 variants, focused on laboratory investigations in immunology, virology or structural biology.

Call at a glance 

Career stage:
Where your host organisation is based:
Level of funding:

Up to £3 million for research expenses, including salaries where required.

Duration of funding:

Up to 3 years. Level and duration of funding will vary depending on proposed research and associated activity.

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About this call 

This call is for research into the biological significance of SARS-CoV-2 variants, focused on laboratory investigations in immunology, virology or structural biology.

The goal is to produce research that is relevant and beneficial to low- and middle-income countries. The research must support national policymakers in preventing and controlling the Covid-19 pandemic and should strengthen capability in low- and middle-income countries for a research response to future infectious disease outbreaks.

Applicants should consider how to involve and respond to the needs and concerns of relevant public stakeholders and facilitate an open and transparent environment to ensure the research is trustworthy, acceptable to and supported by relevant communities.

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Log in to our online grants system (Grant Tracker). You can save your application and return to it any time.

Key dates 

You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

Open to new applications

  1. 28 April 2022, 17:00 BST

    Application deadline

  2. July 2022

    Funding decisions

Useful documents 

Contact us 

If you have a question about how to complete the application form using Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker, please contact our Grant Information Advisers.

Send a message

Phone us on+44 (0)20 7611 5757

If you have a question about eligibility, what we offer or our funding remit, contact us at epidemics@wellcome.org.

We do not answer questions on the scope or competitiveness of proposals.