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Wellcome Data Science Ideathon

The Wellcome Data Science Ideathon is a competition that will have teams compete to propose data science solutions to tackle three urgent health challenges: mental healthinfectious diseases, and climate and health.

Competition at a glance 

Who can apply: The Ideathon is open to student teams and researcher teams. All team members must be affiliated with a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or research institute in the UK.

Teams can apply to the Ideathon as either:

  • Student Teams comprised of 3-5 postgraduate students, Masters or PhD.
  • Researcher Teams comprised of 3-5 researchers at any career stage.

See ‘Eligibility and suitability’ for more details. 

The Event: Around 25 teams will be selected as semi-finalists to compete in the event at Wellcome’s offices in central London on 10-12 July 2023. 

Prizes: 10 teams will be selected as finalists and will be eligible to win one of the prizes or grants described in 'Prizes and awards'.

  • Student teams selected as finalists are eligible for cash prizes of up to £3,000 per team member.
  • Researcher teams selected as finalists are eligible for one-year grants* up to £120,000. 
* Grants are available up to the listed amounts and at Wellcome’s discretion, and are at all times subject to Wellcome’s policies and processes, including but not limited to Wellcome receiving an appropriate grant application form that reflects the relevant winning proposal, Wellcome’s due diligence, costs compliance and budgetary approval. Wellcome shall not have any liability if any grant funding is not awarded. 

About the Ideathon  

Eligibility and suitability 

What we offer 

Application guidance 

How to apply 

Key dates 

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

Open to applications

  1. 30 April 2023

    Applications close

  2. 21 May 2023

    Complete follow-up application survey

  3. By 16 June 2023

    Semi-finalist decisions released

  4. 26 June 2023

    Full challenges released to semi-finalists

  5. 10-12 July 2023

    Ideathon event

    Three day in-person event at Wellcome’s London Office with winners announced on the last day.

Contact us 

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