Funding for overheads

Wellcome funds the direct costs of research, but not overheads. As a charity, we expect the organisations we fund to cover overhead costs. But there are certain circumstances where these costs can be requested.

The direct costs of the research include:

Organisations must cover overhead costs. They include:

There are circumstances where we may fund overheads:

Researchers can ask for overheads (eg research management and support costs) if their grant will be based at:

These costs must directly support the activity funded by the grant.

See our funding scheme pages for information on how to ask for these costs.

How charitable research is funded in the UK university sector

Wellcome, together with other UK medical research charities, will only pay the direct costs of research at UK universities.

The UK higher education funding bodies provide funding for directly allocated and indirect costs associated with charity-funded research.

In England, this funding is called the Charity Research Support Fund. Similar funding is provided by the Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Northern Ireland government.

Contact us

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