Careers, Funding

How Wellcome Trust funding schemes are changing

From Wellcome Trust

The way the Wellcome Trust funds research is changing to support their new strategy, which aims to support science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.

It supports discovery research in any discipline through a simplified set of funding schemes designed to encourage a broad range of applications. They are also taking on three global health challenges – mental health, infectious disease and climate and health.


Three new discovery research schemes enable researchers to do bold and creative discovery research that has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing.

The new schemes are designed to give researchers more freedom, time and resource to pursue their ideas and build a better research culture.

  • Wellcome Early-Career Awards – for early-career researchers who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.
  • Wellcome Career Development Awards – for mid-career researchers who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
  • Wellcome Discovery Awards – for established researchers and teams who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

The schemes are open to applications from any discipline, including:

  • science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • humanities and social science
  • clinical/allied health sciences
  • experimental medicine
  • public health.

Wellcome Trust funds applicants based in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and low- and middle-income countries, and co-applicants from the rest of the world if applying as part of a team.

The research must have the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and align with our funding remit.

The new schemes will open for applications in late summer 2021.

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