Grant funding

We fund researchers to take on important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries.

We plan to spend £16 billion by 2032 to advance scientific discovery and take on the world’s most urgent health issues.  

We believe ground-breaking discoveries are more likely to occur in collaborations between a diverse range of people, so we are working with partners and the teams we fund to support a thriving, inclusive research culture.

What funding opportunities are available? 

We have several grants and awards available to researchers at all stages of their career.  

Discovery Research 

Wellcome funds discovery research in and across physical, social, data and life sciences, the humanities and clinical research. Each scheme is designed to target a different career stage, but all are open to the best ideas across a huge remit.

Watch our webinars for early-career and established researchers and collaborative teams to hear about our goals for Discovery Research at Wellcome.

We also offer specific funding opportunities to support our work in mental healthinfectious disease, and climate and health.

Mental health

We fund ground-breaking research into the cause and treatment of anxiety, depression, and psychosis

For a more detailed description of what projects we will and won’t provide funding for, visit our Mental Health funding remit page.   

Infectious disease

We fund cutting edge research into preventing infectious diseases in humans from spreading out of control. 

A more detailed remit of what projects we will and won’t provide funding for is coming soon.  

Climate and health 

We fund vital research into the impact climate change has on human health

A more detailed remit of what projects we will and won’t provide funding for is coming soon.

See a list of our scheme deadlines.

How do I apply for – and manage – grant funding? 

We have detailed funding guidance on exactly how to apply for funding, manage funding and more. 

View funding guidance if you need help or advice with: 

Information for Research offices 

Grant Tracker

Apply for a grant or manage an existing one through our online platform.

Find out about grants we've awarded 

Find out about the people and projects we've funded, including grants awarded, researcher stories and grant funding data.