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Research Career Development Fellowships

Providing support for postdoctoral researchers at academic organisations in the Republic of Ireland who aim to become independent scientists leading their own group.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • Republic of Ireland

Duration of funding:

5 years

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

The Hub Award

Bringing researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.

Duration of funding:

One to two years

Scale of funding:

Flexible funding, up to £1 million

Technology Development Grants

Funding researchers who want to develop new technologies and tools (including informatics tools and software) for biomedical research, or substantially enhance existing ones. These technologies and tools should enable new research and benefit the wider scientific community.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £1.5 million

Biomedical Resource Grants

Funding researchers who want to establish new biomedical resources (including databases and collections) or substantially enhance existing ones. These resources should enable new research and benefit the wider scientific community.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £1.5 million

Senior Research Fellowships

Supporting independent researchers who are emerging as global leaders in their field and want to tackle the most important questions in science.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Typically 5 years, but can be up to 7 years if a strong scientific justification is provided (see the ‘What we offer’ section on this page for an update on renewals)

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Offering recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland

Duration of funding:

4 years

Scale of funding:

£300,000, including salary, fellowship supplement and research expenses

Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

Enabling clinically active healthcare professionals to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. 

Type of researcher:

  • Clinical

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland

Duration of funding:

Up to 8 years (see the 'What we offer' section on this page for an update on stage 2 funding beyond 2021)

Scale of funding:

Salary and research expenses covered

Collaborative Awards in Science

Funding teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Usually up to 5 years, but can be up to 7 years in exceptional circumstances

Scale of funding:

Up to £4 million

Joint Global Health Trials scheme

Funding late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

Type of researcher:

  • Basic
  • Clinical
  • Public health

Where your host organisation is based:

Duration of funding:

Development grants are up to 2 years. Research grants are usually 3 to 4 years, but can be up to 5 years.

Scale of funding:

Up to £20 million is available to fund several awards. Development grants are up to £200,000 each.

Innovator Awards

Supporting researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Duration of funding:

Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations

Scale of funding:

Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations

Secondment Fellowships

Secondment Fellowships are for humanities and social science researchers who we already fund. Researchers spend three to six months working at non-academic organisations to develop their skills.

Duration of funding:

3 to 6 months

Scale of funding:

A fully-funded extension to a fellowship, PhD or research assistant position

Research Resources Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Helping collection and information professionals develop library and archive material for humanities and social science researchers.

Where your host organisation is based:

  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland

Duration of funding:

Up to 5 years

Scale of funding:

Up to £500,000