Investigator Awards in Science

Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Intermediate, Senior

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Salary isn’t provided.

Duration of funding:

Flexible duration, up to 7 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply

Definitions

Intermediate

You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.

Senior

You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

UK
Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

Low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank

Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Clinical

You're a clinically qualified medic, vet, dentist or psychologist.

Public health

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

March 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    7 March 2017

  • Shortlisting

    April 2017

  • Interviews

    11–13 July 2017

July 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    27 July 2017

  • Shortlisting

    September 2017

  • Interviews

    28–30 November 2017

November 2017 round

The application form will be available on Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker in early August 2017.

  • Full application deadline

    27 November 2017

  • Shortlisting

    January 2018

  • Interviews

    10–12 April 2018

Contact us

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

Or call

+44 (0)20 7611 5757

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact the relevant person in our Science team.

People we've funded

Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams Professor of Biomedical Surfaces and Director of EPSRC Programme Grant in Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery, University of Nottingham (Morgan Alexander) Professor of Molecular Microbiology, University of Nottingham (Paul Williams)             Investigator Awards in Science

Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams

A nice thing about the Investigator Award was that it allowed us to ask big questions without having a lot of supporting data. We just had these very interesting materials and some ideas about how they might work.

Clare Bryant Professor of Innate Immunity, University of Cambridge Investigator Awards in Science

Clare Bryant

I wanted to carry out long-term fundamental interdisciplinary research and I thought Wellcome would be receptive.
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