Currency issues

If you’re a Wellcome grantholder, you and your host organisation are responsible for managing grant finances appropriately. This includes making sure your grant is awarded in the currency that will allow you to effectively carry out your research.

What currency can you ask for in your grant application?

You can ask for the currency you think will allow you to do your research effectively. In most cases, the currency you ask for in your grant application should be your local currency. If you ask for a different currency, you must explain why.

If a significant amount of your grant funding will be spent in more than one country, you can ask for your grant to be awarded in more than one currency.

If your application is successful, we will award your grant in the currency you asked for. If we're unable to buy this currency, we will talk to you about using another currency.

You cannot change the currency after your grant has been awarded, unless you are transferring your grant to a different country.

Exchange rate fluctuations

Your organisation must cover any extra costs if you chose the currency the grant was awarded in and your research costs increase due to foreign currency movements.

Wellcome will cover any extra costs if your grant was not awarded in the currency you asked for and your research costs increase due to foreign currency movements.

You should contact us to supplement to your grant.