Wellcome supports science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.
We will achieve this vision in different ways, giving researchers the freedom to make discoveries that change the way we see the world, and using science to find solutions for three of the world’s most urgent health challenges.
We'll support a broad programme of discovery research across a wide range of disciplines with the potential to make important and unanticipated discoveries about life, health and wellbeing – both to help us tackle these great challenges, and to inspire further improvements in human health.
And we're developing programmes of work that draw on Wellcome's expertise across science, innovation and society to deliver ambitious goals:
We are working towards a world in which:
Science is essential to solving the world’s health challenges. That’s Wellcome's founding principle and it’s as true today as ever. It’s why we will always support bold research across a wide range of disciplines to discover more about life, health and wellbeing.
But three global challenges today threaten to undermine our efforts to improve health for decades to come. The effects of mental health problems, escalating infectious diseases, and global heating limit life for people of all ages in all parts of the world, and can devastate communities for generations.
These are the urgent health challenges of the 21st century and Wellcome is taking them on. That means significant commitments and actions sustained over many years.
Discovery research – defined broadly, including physical and social sciences and the humanities – will underpin the best solutions to these challenges, though science alone is not enough. It needs support from many areas of research and innovation, and advocacy for approaches built on scientific evidence. And because the effects of these challenges will not be felt evenly across the world’s population, this must be done in partnership with the people whose health is most at risk.
Wellcome's perspective on health and how to improve it spans science, innovation and society. We are connecting people across research and society to discover new knowledge, inspire new ideas, and create new solutions. We are campaigning for better science and better systems to ensure solutions work for those who most need them and have the right support to be implemented, whether that’s today or over the next 30 years.
In all that Wellcome does, we want the broadest possible range of people to contribute to, and benefit from, science's potential to change the world.
The way we fund research is changing to fit our strategy.
For discovery research, we’ll move to a new, simplified set of funding schemes designed to encourage a broader range of applications. They will be open to research in any discipline that has the potential to lead to significant shifts in the understanding of life, health and wellbeing .
In our three new health challenge programmes, funding will be directed in different ways across each programme.
Find out more about our current and future funding schemes.
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Our strategy has been greatly informed by a review of the way Wellcome, as an independent foundation, supports science.