These grants provide support for multi-user items of equipment.
£100,000 to £1 million
Up to 5 years
This scheme will close in 2021.
This is the final round.
12 January 2021, 17:00 GMT
20 May 2021, 17:00 BST
You can apply for a grant if you, and any coapplicants, have:
The lead applicant must have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, or the guarantee of one, with a salary paid by your host organisation for the duration of the award.
Coapplicants must have at least one year's personal salary support at the proposed start date of the grant.
If you, or any coapplicants, hold a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract but have to get your salary from external grant funding, you can ask us for this in your application. If this applies to you, or any coapplicants on your grant, you must commit at least 10% of your working hours to this grant. In this case, your host organisation must confirm details about your employment contracts or their policy on salary recovery costs.
If you’ve already been unsuccessful with a full application for this scheme, please contact us before you apply again.
You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.
When we look at your application, we'll assess:
Your host organisation must provide a supporting statement that outlines:
Your host organisation should contribute at least 25 per cent towards the cost of the equipment. Contributions can include support in-kind as well as money, such as the provision of a key support post.
If a significant proportion of potential users are not funded by us, you should get a contribution from an alternative source.
A Multi-user Equipment Grant offers up to five years of support. We don't usually consider applications that ask for less than £100,000 or more than £1 million. Please contact us for more details.
Expenses may include:
We will cover the salary costs of all staff, full or part time, who will run the equipment and/or manage it.
If you’re doing fieldwork or clinical studies in a low- or middle-income country, we’ll consider requests for more research staff.
If you, or any coapplicants, hold a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract and have to get your salary from external grant funding, you can ask us for this in your application. See the ‘Eligibility and suitability’ section above for more information.
We won’t cover the salaries of research personnel.
We don't provide studentship stipends.
Staff salaries should be appropriate to skills, responsibilities and expertise. You should ask your host organisation to use their salary scales to calculate these costs, which should include:
You should allow for salary pay awards during Year 1. These should be based on pay awards already agreed: if you don’t know what the pay award is yet then use our inflation rate.
From Year 2 onwards, you should use your organisation’s current pay rates. We’ll provide a separate inflation allowance for salary inflation costs.
Find out more about people working on a Wellcome grant.
We may make a contribution towards the salary of departmental technicians funded by Research England and its equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You will need to provide a full audit record of their time on your project.
If you have named people on your grant whose salaries will be funded by Wellcome, you can ask for visa or work permit costs to help them take up their posts at the host organisation. You can also ask for:
You can ask for items of equipment that are essential to your proposed research project.
Costs may include:
We will cover VAT and import duties if:
We will cover maintenance costs for equipment if:
We won’t cover maintenance costs for equipment if there is a mechanism in place to recoup these costs through access charges.
We will cover the cost of one personal computer or laptop per person up to £1,500.
We won't pay for:
You can ask for the cost of access to shared equipment or facilities if they’re essential to your research project. These may include materials and consumables, plus a proportion of:
We don’t cover the costs of:
If the facilities or equipment were paid for by a Wellcome grant, you can only ask for access charges if:
You can ask for overheads if your grant will be based at a:
You can also ask for overheads on any part of your grant that is sub-contracted to any of the organisations listed above.
If you’re based at a UK university you can’t ask for overheads for sub-contracted activity if your university will include the sub-contracted funding in its annual report to the UK Charity Research Support Fund.
Overheads can include:
The total cost for overheads should not be more than:
These costs must directly support the activity funded by the grant.
In your grant application you must:
We will add an inflation allowance to your award if you're asking for salary costs for staff.
Your inflation allowance is based on your total eligible costs and the duration of the award. You'll receive the allowance if the costs in your application are in pounds sterling, euros or US dollars.
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These rates are calculated using compound inflation at 2.0% a year from Year 2 onwards.
If your costs are in any other currency, we will use an inflation allowance that reflects the inflation rate of the country where the host organisation is based.
The costs in your application must be based on current known costs, excluding inflation.
You should allow for salary pay awards during Year 1. These should be based on pay awards already agreed; if you don’t know what the pay award is yet then use our inflation rate.
Wellcome's studentship stipend scales for non-clinical/basic science PhD studentships include an annual increase for inflation.
If you need to carry out clinical trials or research using NHS patients or facilities, we will cover some of the research costs.
Annex A of the guidelines for attributing the costs of health and social care research and development (AcoRD) sets out the costs we cover, and which costs should be funded through the Department of Health in England, or its equivalent in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you're based in the Republic of Ireland, we would expect you to adhere to the spirit of these principles.
You can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in public engagement and diversity and inclusion.
If you move to a different organisation after you've been awarded a Multi-user Equipment Grant, the equipment must remain at the organisation to which it was awarded.
A grant doesn’t include:
We don't fund overheads unless they're included on this page.
You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).Start your application
You must submit your application through Grant Tracker.
We'll assess your eligibility and suitability. If suitable, we'll invite you to submit a full application.
Complete the full application form on Grant Tracker. Submit it to the 'authorised organisational approver' at your host organisation for approval. Make sure you leave enough time for the approver to review and submit your application before the deadline. The approver may ask you to make changes to your application.
Your application must be submitted by 17:00 (BST) on the deadline day.
The Multi-user Equipment and Technology Development Committee will review your full application.
We aim to notify you of our decision within four weeks of the committee meeting.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
We don't accept late applications.
This is the final round.
12 January 2021, 17:00 GMT
20 May 2021, 17:00 BST
Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.
Find out about some of the people and projects we've funded for this scheme.
If you have a general question about this scheme, contact our information officers:
If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in one of our science teams: