At Wellcome, we invite organisations to apply for contract opportunities that support our mission to fund discovery research and find solutions to three worldwide health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate.
Climate and Health RFPs
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Discovery Research RFPs
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Infectious Disease RFPs
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Mental Health RFPs
There are currently no RFPs for Mental Health
Translation and Portfolio Integration:
Wellcome is looking to work with a supplier to investigate how digital tools (apps, programmes, prediction tools) developed in academia can translate into successful ‘real world’ products, moving beyond academic research funding to sustainable business models (commercial or not-for-profit).
The translation pathway for such academic digital tools to become sustainable products enabled by long-term business models is multi-faceted and hard for academics to navigate. Many digital products fail to translate successfully. In order for the academic digital tools funded by Wellcome to have long-lasting impact to help solve the health challenges faced by everyone, this RFP aims to achieve a clear understanding of this translation pathway.
We will ask:
- What are the available pathways for digital tools developed in academia to translate into financially sustainable products?
- Which products/research groups have successfully achieved this, and how?
- What impact does open-source practice have on commercialisation?
- What are the pathways for not-for-profit digital tools?
- Where are the barriers and enablers in this space, and how could research funders act to enable sustainable translation?
Eligibility: Open to all
Expression of interest and question submissions: 2 June 2023
Full proposal deadline: 30 June 2023
In collaboration with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Wellcome's Snakebite team is looking for a supplier to conduct a study to understand the best practices, challenges and lessons learnt in the domestication of the African Union Model Law. These lessons will be used to design an approach for providing technical support to countries in the domestication process.
This will involve development of the following deliverables:
- A written review on the AU Model Law domestication process to date.
- A written review of relevant provisions of the AU Model Law.
Eligibility: Open to all. Suppliers with a legal or public health background and experience of supporting regulatory system strengthening in Africa are desirable.
Supplier questions submission: 29 May 2023
Full proposal deadline: 12 June 2023
There are currently no RFPs for Strategy
There are currently no RFPs for Corporate Affairs
Culture, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI):
There are currently no RFPs for CEDI
Digital and Technology:
In response to a growing Digital & Technology (D&T) portfolio and an increase in demand for specialist skills and knowledge, Wellcome’s D&T Project Management Office is currently seeking consultancy services to assist with the supply of contractors across four operational areas: including Experience Design, Information Security, Strategy and Governance, and Technology. We are looking to work with a consultancy partner who can provide a number of roles such as project managers, business analysts and user experience specialists to support the delivery of various IT projects.
Eligibility: Open to all
Submission of Expressions of Interest: 2 May 2023
Submission of Full Proposals: 26 May 2023
Download the full RFP [PDF 153KB]
Who can apply?
We aim to make our contract opportunities open to all organisations, however there will be instances where we provide eligibility criteria based on the specific nature of what we are looking to procure. Please see each opportunity for specific eligibility criteria.
We do not contract with suppliers connected to the tobacco industry. For clarity, we define the tobacco industry as any company, entity or organisation (or groups or combinations of the same) whose business other than for an insignificant part (less than 10% of its revenue), is the development, production, promotion, marketing, or sale of tobacco in any country of the world. The term also includes any companies that are a subsidiary or a holding company or affiliate of the above. This also includes E-cigarette companies and non-tobacco related companies which are fully or partially owned by the tobacco industry.
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Please send in your proposals electronically and refer to the individual RFP documents above for specific timelines and response requirements.
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Here, you can find some of our previous RFPs that have now expired, including an overview of each project, to enable suppliers to understand the format and structure.
The Strategic Partnerships team is seeking an individual consultant to provide dedicated expertise on Climate and Health partnerships work as well as support Wellcome’s wider Strategic Partnerships function.
Eligibility: Individual consultant with partnerships expertise and strong understanding of the climate and health research ecosystem
Initial response deadline: 7 July 2022
Wellcome would like to partner with BIOVAC to commission a report, based on a literature review/landscape analysis, on how to build an enabling environment for the African continent to increase its end-to-end manufacture of vaccines. We are interested in understanding what the barriers to vaccine development and manufacturing on the African continent are and what strategies and actions can be taken to increase the manufacture of vaccines.
Eligibility: Open to all countries
Initial Response Deadline: 27 June 2022
Wellcome’s Discovery Research team aims to design new funding activities to reduce barriers that are slowing down and/or blocking progress in the field of Bioimaging. Wellcome has a history of supporting innovation in bioimaging and our current portfolio of investments has supported work that ranges from new tools and technologies to infrastructure and data repositories. We want to progress our work even further and identify new key areas where Wellcome investments in bioimaging methodologies, equipment, tools and technology development (across the scales of life, from atoms to humans) will afford field-opening, filed-shaping and field-advancing opportunities.
The purpose of the RFP is to commission a delivery partner to provide critical insights on the following fundamental questions:
- What are the nascent technologies/methodologies in the field of bioimaging that will enable researchers to formulate new hypotheses and address new fundamental questions for life, health, and wellbeing?
- What are specific barriers (in terms of technology, methodology, hardware, software, and access) that are limiting progress in the field of bioimaging in both High-Income Countries (HICs) and Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)?
- Who are the key leaders on an international level that are driving development in the field of bioimaging?
Wellcome is intending for this piece of work to equally cover both, the UK/HIC and LMIC landscape, addressing the different needs in both settings.
Eligibility: Open to all countries
Expressions of Interest – 20 May 2022
Full proposals – 6 June 2022
We’re looking to appoint a bold and creative agency/consultant to determine how we can best use photography to advance our brand and strategy. As well as reviewing the effectiveness of Wellcome Photography Prize as a vehicle for our brand, we need to better understand how our audiences respond to photography and how to ensure the imagery we use reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Eligibility: Open to all countries
Initial response deadline: Closed
We’re looking to commission a team to identify and evaluate the properties, strengths, and weaknesses of selected measures for depression, anxiety and psychosis and to produce a toolkit for their use by researchers, funders and journals. The team will also produce an implementation plan to encourage the uptake of common metrics by key stakeholder groups.
Eligibility: Open to all countries
Initial response deadline: 5 May 2022
Download the full RFP [PDF 573KB]
Watch a recording of our webinar from 11 April 2022 to find out more.