Current payment arrangements

Information about how and when we make grant payments, and what you or your organisation need to do to receive them. 

The way we pay grant funds once they are awarded depends on the type of grant.

Milestone grants

This payment method is for grants awarded under special financial conditions, or where a specific agreement has been made.

Milestone grants are paid individually according to the payment schedule set out in your grant award letter. The letter will also explain how the payments will be made.

Non-milestone grants

This payment method is for the majority of grants that we award to HEFCE-funded organisations.

To claim non-milestone grants, you need to submit a quarterly Organisation Spend Report (OSR) via Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker, our online application and grants management system (within the ‘My Organisation > Grant Claims’ section).

Grant payment timings

We pay non-milestone grants quarterly, in arrears.

The claim periods are:

Spend for these quarters must be submitted in the following quarter.

For example, if you are claiming grant spend for January to March, then the OSR will be available for completion from April and must be submitted by the end of June, when the payment period for January to March ends.

You will have one OSR for all your active grants.

Grant information in the OSR is automatically populated, but you will need to provide us with detail about the amounts spent against each grant, and include comments where requested.

You must only include spend for the three-month OSR period you’re claiming for.

Video tutorials for multiple grant OSRs

These tutorials provide guidance on checking the OSR and checking data.

And these Excel workbooks will help you to complete the OSR.

If you have any questions about the pre-populated data, please contact

Grants will only appear in the OSR if:

Please note that all spend for all relevant grants must be submitted within three calendar months of the end of the OSR spend period because after that the OSR for that period will no longer be available.

We will make a payment after we receive the OSR. We provide a detailed remittance for each payment. The approved (paid) amount will be shown on the OSR within Grant Claim History.

Information about payments

If this is the first Wellcome award to your organisation, you should send us:

We will then set up an account to allow you to complete and submit the OSR.

Please note that your organisation will be responsible for managing the security of staff access to WTGT portal screens, in line with your organisation’s governance and system access policy. You should carefully control how the generic email log-in details are shared.

Non-payment or part-payment of grants

If you find that some grants have been part-paid or not paid at all, it may be because:

We have not received and approved a Grant Start Certificate

We will not make any grant payments until you submit the Grant Start Certificate via WTGT and we have reviewed and approved it. This confirms that you’ve accepted the grant and its related conditions.

A grant has reached the retention amount

We will pay up to 90% of the grant but won’t release the outstanding 10% until we receive your completed:

We will make part-payment for any spend which takes this grant up to 90%.

If you have any questions about grant payment arrangements for your organisation, email

Payments for grants that have ended

To receive the final payment on a grant that has ended, you need to complete:

The FER will be available on WTGT once the grant reaches its end date. You will receive an email requesting the FER and then have 90 days to complete and submit it.

If you don’t submit the FER during the 90 days, you will receive a further email and then have an additional two weeks to submit it.

If you then fail to submit the FER, your grant will be closed and no further payments will be made.

Payments are made on a grant-by-grant basis.

Wellcome will retain a balance of 10% on each grant. These funds will only be released once we've received your Final Expenditure Report.

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.