These awards help collection and information professionals develop library and archive material for humanities and social science researchers.
Up to £500,000
Up to 5 years
This scheme will close in 2021.
This is the final round.
14 April 2021, 17:00 BST
You can apply for a Research Resources Award if you're a collection or information professional working in a publicly-accessible library, archive, museum or digital repository.
Your proposed project must have the potential to make a significant difference to health research in the humanities and social sciences.
Your project should do at least one of the following:
As the lead applicant, you can apply to work on a project by yourself or with other professionals or academic researchers at one or more organisation.
You and any people working on your project should have the right expertise to develop and deliver your proposal.
The project must take place in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland.
We welcome collaborations between libraries and archives where there is related and complementary material, and where skills, resources and expertise can be shared. Two or more organisations can either work together jointly or one organisation can take the lead.
To be competitive, your proposal must:
Our reviewers will assess:
Find out more about the research we support in the humanities and social sciences.
When we assess your application, we'll look at the environment in which you propose to base your activities, and the support promised by your organisation(s) in a statement of commitment.
You must provide a statement of commitment from your organisation with your application. It should come from the most senior authority in the relevant department or division. The statement is an opportunity to show us that the organisation is the ideal place to carry out the proposal. It should be specific to the proposal, and state:
Research Resources Awards offer up to £500,000 and can last up to five years.
We will provide funding for staff to work on your project. Staff can include:
Staff can work full-time or part-time.
You can use funds to backfill existing posts so that permanent staff can work on your project or employ fixed-term project staff.
Materials and consumables you need to carry out your project, such as archival and conservation materials.
You can ask for smaller items of equipment that are essential to your proposed project. Costs may include purchase, delivery, installation, maintenance and training, where necessary.
If you want to request larger items, please contact us before applying.
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 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 use the funds for access charges if:
We will pay for:
We will also pay costs to cover caring responsibilities if you or any staff employed on your grant attend a conference. This includes childcare and any other caring responsibility you have, provided:
You can claim up to £1,000 per person for each conference.
This is a new policy. It applies to all types of travel costs Wellcome provides.
You can ask for:
We won't pay for the core infrastructure that your host organisation should provide, unless you're eligible to ask for these costs under our overheads policy. Examples of these costs include:
See our carbon offset policy for travel for information on what you and your organisation need to do.
We will add an inflation allowance to your award.
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 include an annual increase for inflation.
Costs you may ask for (you will have to justify these costs in your application):
Costs we won’t pay:
You can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in public engagement and diversity and inclusion.
We don't fund overheads.
We don't fund the purchase of new acquisitions, eg paintings, manuscripts, archive collections etc.
You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).Start your application
You must submit your application through Grant Tracker.
The Research Resources Committee will review your application.
There are no interviews. We'll usually give you a decision within two months of the application deadline.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don't accept late applications.
This is the final round.
14 April 2021, 17:00 BST
Find out about some of the people and projects we've funded for this scheme.
Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.
If you have a question about the research content or scope of your proposal, email firstname.lastname@example.org.