Wellcome Discovery Awards

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding related to human life, health and wellbeing. 

Scheme at a glance 

Lead applicant career stage:
Administering organisation location:
Three times a year - Upcoming deadlines in July and December 2024
Funding amount:

You should ask for the resources you need for your research programme – see the 'What we offer' section on this page. You will need to justify this in your application. The average size of a Discovery Award is £3.5 million, although we have supported awards from £700,000 to £8 million. Applications above £5 million will be subject to additional due diligence.

Funding duration:

Awards can be up to 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and may be longer if held on a part-time basis. The average duration of a Discovery Award is 7 years, although we have supported awards from 3 to 8 years.


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Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Log in to our online grants system (Wellcome Funding). 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.

July 2024 round

Opening soon

  1. 17 April 2024

    Applications open

  2. 30 July 2024, 17:00 BST

    Application deadline

  3. October 2024


  4. 21-23 January 2025


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