Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion

This funding enables Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work.

Activities that make the scientific community more diverse and inclusive help to make sure that every great idea that could improve health thrives.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Up to £20,000

Duration of funding:

Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

Who can apply

You can apply for Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion funding if you have a proposal for activities to advance diversity and inclusion practices in your work and your work environment.

You must be:

  • a current Wellcome-funded grantholder


  • a successful applicant to one of our schemes – you've received an award confirmation letter.

You must be a lead applicant.

All of our funding schemes are eligible for Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion funding, apart from the following: 

You must be able to complete your proposed activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

Your proposal 

Your proposed activities should include opportunities for you to:

  • develop innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion that could enhance your work and work environment
  • engage a wider range of people with science and research
  • develop your diversity and inclusion practice.

The activities we support can take many forms, including ways to:

  • make your work environment more inclusive eg by bringing in an accessibility specialist for advice, organising diversity and inclusion training for leaders, or offering financial support to members of your team related to caring responsibilities
  • support underrepresented groups in your field eg by providing tailored support, mentorship or training
  • consider diversity when you start planning your research or project eg by putting in place ways to consult a wide range of people to inform, contribute towards and evaluate your work
  • organise inclusive and accessible conferences and events to share the findings of your work eg by contributing to the costs of hosting diverse speakers and panelists, paying for a palantypist, or offering onsite childcare for attendees.

We will review: 

  • the vision for your proposed activities, including aims, target audiences, and how you’ll advance diversity and inclusion practices in your field
  • how you’ll evaluate the outcome and impact of your proposed activities, including success and risk indicators
  • how your host organisation will support your proposed activities.

Other schemes

Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

Helping Wellcome grantholders to engage the public with their research. This scheme was previously known as the Provision for Public Engagement.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

Research Enrichment – Open Research

Supporting Wellcome grantholders to develop innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Open Research
Scheme finder

You can ask for Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion funding of up to £20,000.

You should ask for a level of funding that's justifiable for the scale and scope of your grant, and proposed diversity and inclusion activities.

Enrichment funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant.

Funds can be used for a range of costs such as:

  • You can ask for salary costs for staff, full or part time, who will work on the development and delivery of your project.

    Salary costs can cover:

    • administrative support staff
    • project managers
    • researchers skilled in evaluating diversity and inclusion activities
    • learning and development specialists
    • staff seconded to your project.

    You can only ask for these if:

    • there is no other form of funding available
    • their salaries aren't already funded by their organisation.
  • We will cover costs for you to work with or commission experts to help deliver the proposed activities. Examples include:

    • accessibility specialists
    • palantypists
    • facilitators
    • diversity and inclusion specialists.


  • You can ask for childcare or caring responsibility costs. These must be for care that allows you or a team member to take part in activities that occur outside usual contracted hours, eg to attend a conference.

    This includes costs that: 

    • are essential for you to be able to take part
    • are over and above the parental leave costs that Wellcome provides
    • cannot be covered by existing support within your organisation
    • have an auditable record, eg a receipt for the cost of the childcare or caring responsibility.
  • You can ask for costs for:

    • onsite childcare for attendees
    • fees and/or travel costs to host a diverse range of speakers and panellists
    • palantypists
    • accessibility specialists.
  • We will cover costs for you to:

    • communicate any resources or tools you develop, for example, a guide to organising an accessible conference
    • promote uptake and use to others in your field and the wider community.
  • evaluation costs
  • You can ask for travel costs for you to attend relevant training events and conferences, where it's essential to the delivery of the proposed activity.

  • contingency costs, as long as these are reasonable and you can justify them
  • VAT on fees where the VAT can't be reclaimed.

What we don’t offer

You can't use Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion funding for:

  • activities or provisions that we would expect the host organisation to provide, or is required to provide by law
  • flexible working supplements that Wellcome funds, eg parental leave.

Please indicate in your proposal how you have consulted with relevant stakeholders in your organisation, including the organisation lead on diversity and inclusion if there is one.

We don't fund overheads.

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).

Start your application

View the Sample full application form for Research Enrichment [PDF 100KB].

If you’re already a Wellcome-funded grantholder

You can apply at any time from your award date, but you need to be able complete your programme of activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

If you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant

You can begin your application for Research Enrichment funding at any time while you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant. 

You should only submit your Research Enrichment application when you’ve been informed that your main Wellcome grant has been awarded.  


Wellcome staff will assess your application.

We aim to give you a decision within ten weeks of the Research Enrichment application deadline. There are no interviews. 

In most cases, feedback won’t be provided to unsuccessful applicants. 

Unsuccessful applicants should not reapply, unless specifically invited to do so.

Applying for more than one type of Research Enrichment funding

You can also apply for enrichment funding for public engagement and open research

You’ll need to complete a separate application form for each type of funding. Applications will be assessed separately.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.


We make decisions on applications four times a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

January 2019 round

  • Application deadline

    21 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    March 2019


Postdoctoral research

For researchers with a PhD or equivalent.

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Returning to research

For people who want to return to a research career after a break of two years or more.


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


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

Public health

Key dates

We make decisions on applications four times a year.

January 2019 round

  • Application deadline

    21 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    March 2019

Contact us

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