We fund the direct costs of research. Depending on the nature of the organisation, we may also fund overheads.
We’ve changed our overheads policy.
From 1 October 2019, researchers can now ask for overheads if their grant will be based at a:
This applies to all grant applications submitted from 1 October 2019.
Researchers can also ask for overheads on any part of the grant that is sub-contracted to any of the organisations listed above. Researchers who are based at a UK university cannot ask for overheads for sub-contracted activity if their university will include the sub-contracted funding in its annual report to the UK Charity Research Support Fund.
Overheads can include:
The total cost for overheads should not be more than:
These costs must directly support the activity funded by the grant.
See more information in the ‘Research management and support costs (overheads)' section under 'What we offer' on our scheme pages.
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.
This policy was updated in October 2019.