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 that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Webinar about our new schemes

Watch a recording of the webinar that took place on Monday 12 April 2021. 

Scheme at a glance 

Where the host organisation of the lead applicant is based:
Level of funding:

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. 

Duration of funding:

Usually 8 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and longer if held on a part-time basis.

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

How to apply 

Key dates 

November 2021 round

  1. April 2021

    Webinar

  2. August 2021

    Applications open

  3. 11 November 2021, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  4. February 2022

    Shortlisting

  5. May 2022

    Interviews

March 2022 round

  1. 24 March 2022, 17:00 GMT

    Application deadline

  2. June 2022

    Shortlisting

  3. September 2022

    Interviews

Contact us 

If you have a question about eligibility, what we offer or our funding remit, contact our grants information officers:

Send us a message

(0)20 7611 5757

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