Investigator Awards in Science

Investigator Awards in Science offer flexible funding support to researchers at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to our scientific remit.

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:

From under £500,000 to around £3 million

Duration of funding:

Up to 7 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



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


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

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

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


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


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

Public health

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Getting here

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

July 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    27 July 2017

  • Shortlisting

    September 2017

  • Interviews

    28–30 November 2017

March 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    7 March 2017

  • Shortlisting

    April 2017

  • Interviews

    11–13 July 2017

People we've funded

Clare BryantProfessor of Innate Immunity, University of CambridgeInvestigator Awards in Science

Clare Bryant

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

Morgan Alexander and Paul WilliamsProfessor 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.
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