Eligibility information for applicants

If you’re applying for funding you should be:

You may also need to meet extra eligibility criteria. Please read the eligibility information in the scheme you’re applying for.

Lead applicants

As a lead applicant you should usually:

  • hold an academic or research post
  • have a salary for the duration of the award period.

If you don’t have a salary, your employing organisation must guarantee salary support for the duration of your award.

If you’re retired, you may be able to apply for some schemes as a lead applicant or applicant. You will need support from a sponsor. Please contact us for advice.

Applicants (also known as co-applicants)

The eligibility criteria for applicants are the same as for lead applicants. Please see above for details.

Research assistants seeking applicant (co-applicant) status

You are eligible for applicant status if you:

  • are a postdoctoral research assistant
  • will be making a significant contribution to the research proposal.

This is regardless of whether you’re:

  • seeking a salary from the grant
  • funded on another Wellcome grant
  • funded by another agency.

If you don’t need a salary from the grant you should have:

  • a salary for the duration of the award period (if you don’t have a salary, your employing organisation must guarantee salary support for the duration of the award)
  • written confirmation from the agency funding your salary that you can act as an applicant and that the amount of time you plan to spend on the project is acceptable.

Please contact us to discuss this before you apply.

You should also contact us before you submit an application if:

  • you’re a research assistant already funded on a Wellcome grant
  • you’re named as an applicant in a new application.

Sponsors

The eligibility criteria for sponsors are the same as for lead applicants. Please see above for details.

As a sponsor, you must guarantee that the host organisation will provide the fellow with:

  • support to lead their own independent research
  • the status and benefits of other academic staff of similar seniority.

Organisations

Organisations in the UK or Republic of Ireland

Eligible host organisations should be:

If you’re based in a non-university organisation in the UK/Republic of Ireland, we may need to have a reciprocal arrangement in place to allow staff at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to apply to your organisation for funding.

We currently have arrangements in place with:

  • the Medical Research Council
  • the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Cancer Research UK
  • the Natural Environment Research Council.

If you’re based at one of these organisations, you’re eligible to apply for Wellcome funding. Your application must include a statement from the director of your unit or organisation, confirming that your proposal:

  • isn't part of any core-funded programme
  • hasn't been refused for funding as part of that core programme
  • won't lead to a reduction in your core support.

You will be assessed under the same criteria as all other applicants.

Your organisation may be asked for additional information if they:

  • haven’t received Wellcome funding before
  • haven't recently received Wellcome funding.

We don’t make awards to other charities whose sole intention is to redistribute funds.

Organisations outside the UK or Republic of lreland

Eligible organisations should:

  • be not-for-profit research organisations
  • be able to sign up to our Grant Conditions
  • have a mission statement that’s broadly in line with Wellcome’s.

Your organisation may be asked for additional information if they:

  • haven’t received Wellcome funding before
  • haven't recently received Wellcome funding.

Additional information

We won’t fund you if you’re:

  • employed by a commercial organisation
  • applying for, holding, or employed on a research grant from the tobacco industry.

Please see our statement on researchers funded by the tobacco industry.

We may not be able to fund you if you, anyone associated with your grants, or your grant activities, are:

  • the target of international sanctions
  • located in a country that is the target of international sanctions.

Please see our statement on international sanctions.

If you are concerned about international sanctions affecting your award, please contact us.