Anne Taylor is Associate Director, Funding Operations and Governance with responsibility for the governance framework that supports and protects the integrity of all Wellcome’s funding processes, decisions and award management.
The role is wide-ranging, covering grant governance including grant conditions; funding-related policies (for example bullying and harassment); management of the grant application system; the provision of an external and internal grants information desk; and grants data and reporting. It also covers the development of partnerships with external organisational research offices and funder stakeholders, including UKRI, BEIS, Cancer Research-UK, the Association of Medical Research Charities and UniversitiesUK, in areas relevant to funding governance.
Anne and her team have played major roles in implementing the Investigator Award scheme, the Institutional Strategic Support Fund and most recently the Discovery Research schemes; the design and implementation of the Covid-19 support strategy for current grant holders; revising the Concordat on Research Integrity as part of the signatories group; implementing Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker and Research Fish; developing Wellcome’s parental leave provision and introducing the policy on bullying and harassment,
Anne obtained her degree in microbiology, then focussed on structure function studies of bacterial pathogenesis for her PhD studies and post-doctoral research. She joined Wellcome in 1998 as a Funding Manager in the area of Infection and Immunity, selecting referees and managing a portfolio of awards. This was followed by positions running the Principal Research Fellowship scheme, Wellcome’s junior Fellowships and PhD studentships, and the Infection and Immunobiology committee, before taking up her current position as Associate Director, Funding Operations and Governance in 2008.