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  • Biomedical science research
    Definition of Biomedical science research

    Research into all aspects of biomedical science

  • Population health research
    Definition of Population health research

    Population-based research that analyses data to learn more about the distribution and causes of disease within a group, or possible improvements to the health of a population.

  • Product development and applied research
    Definition of Product development and applied research

    The translation of ideas, discoveries and inventions into treatments and products.

  • Humanities and social science
    Definition of Humanities and social science

    Health research across the humanities and social sciences.

  • Public engagement and creative industries
    Definition of Public engagement and creative industries

    Projects that encourage people to consider, question and debate the key issues connected to health, research and the human condition.

58 schemes available

    Investigator Awards in Science

    Offering flexible funding support to researchers at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to our scientific remit.

    Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Offering flexible funding support to researchers in established posts at all career stages working on important questions of relevance to health.

    Collaborative Awards in Science

    Funding teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts.

    Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Promoting the development of new ideas and bringing disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach.

    Seed Awards in Science

    Helping researchers develop novel ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to the Wellcome Trust or elsewhere.

    Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Helping researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications.

    Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    Providing junior researchers with the opportunity to gain research experience and training at Master's degree level. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

    Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    Offering research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

    PhD Training Fellowships for Clinicians

    Offering clinicians the opportunity to undertake a PhD within a structured and mentored training environment.

    Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Offering recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

    Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

    Supporting humanities researchers and social scientists who want to explore areas of health but do not hold established academic posts.

    Inspiring Science Fund

    Supporting science centres across the UK. It's a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. 

    Engagement Fellowships

    Supporting and developing the careers of emerging leaders in public engagement.

    Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships

    Enabling medical, dental, veterinary and clinical psychology graduates to continue their research at postdoctoral level and develop scientific independence. The scheme provides support for up to eight years and the flexibility to balance research and clinical responsibilities.

    Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    Helping mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programmes in those countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

    Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

    Providing support for postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups. The scheme is a partnership between the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

    Research Career Development Fellowships

    Providing support for postdoctoral researchers at academic organisations in the Republic of Ireland who aim to become independent scientists leading their own group.

    Research Career Re-entry Fellowships

    Offering postdoctoral research scientists the opportunity to re-establish their scientific careers after a continuous break from research of at least two years.

    Principal Research Fellowships

    Providing long-term funding for senior research scientists of international standing.

    Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

    Providing support for independent researchers at academic organisations in the UK and Republic of Ireland who'll become leaders in their scientific field.

    Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

    Enabling researchers from low- and middle-income countries to establish themselves as leading investigators in their scientific field. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

    Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science

    Giving clinical academics the opportunity to develop their research potential and to establish themselves as leading investigators.

    Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

    Providing promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

    Research Resources Grants: Support for libraries and archives

    Improving access to health-related library and archive collections across the UK and Republic of Ireland by supporting cataloguing, conservation and digitisation projects.

    Research Bursaries

    Supporting individuals working on small and medium-scale research projects that focus on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. 

    Research Awards for Health Professionals

    Offering practising health professionals the opportunity to carry out humanities or social science research, in any area of health.

    Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships

    Offering postgraduate students collaborative PhD training at academic laboratories in the UK or Republic of Ireland and at the National Institutes of Health in the USA.

    Four-year PhD Studentships in Science

    Offering the most promising students in-depth postgraduate training at 32 programmes throughout the UK.

    Four-year PhD Programmes in Science

    Supporting PhD programmes in the UK and Republic of Ireland to train biomedical and public health researchers.

    PhD Programmes for Clinicians

    Inviting organisations to establish PhD programmes for clinical academics.

    Science Media Studentships

    Offering financial support for PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

    Doctoral Studentships

    Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health.

    University Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Enabling humanities and social science researchers to gain permanent positions at academic organisations.

    The Hub Award

    Bringing researchers and other creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection, to work on a two-year project.

    Master's Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Enabling researchers to undertake humanities or social science Master's courses in any area of health.

    Small Arts Awards

    Funding new artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research.

    Large Arts Awards

    Funding artistic projects that enable artists and audiences to explore health research. These awards offer support from £40,000 to £150,000.

    Springboard Awards

    Providing small grants to support basic biomedical scientists as they develop their independent research careers. The scheme is a collaboration between the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) and the Wellcome Trust.

    Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships

    Offering short-term funding for biomedical researchers to travel between the UK and the Middle East to learn new techniques and develop academic collaborations.

    International Research Scholars Programme

    Supporting early-career scientists who have trained in the UK or US and want to establish independent research programmes in a country outside of the G7.

    Joint Global Health Trials scheme

    Funding late-stage trials of interventions that will provide evidence to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.

    Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

    Supporting research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.

    Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

    Providing small grants to enable clinical lecturers to pursue their research work, gather preliminary data and strengthen their applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.

    Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme

    Providing support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.

    Sustaining Excellence Awards

    Giving long-term support to organisations we've already funded, to increase the impact of their public engagement projects and develop new ways of working. This scheme helps organisations plan for the future and become more resilient.

    Co-production Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

    Funding TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.

    Development Fund for Broadcast, Games and Film

    Funding early stage ideas for TV, radio, games and film projects inspired by biomedical science and its impact on our lives.

    International Engagement Awards

    Providing funding for innovative public or community engagement projects that explore health research in Africa and Asia.

    Cryo-Electron Microscopy Equipment Grants

    For structural and cell biologists who want to use cryo-electron microscopy equipment in their research. 

    People Awards

    Supporting public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. Grants are up to £40,000.

    Society Awards

    Supporting public engagement projects that encourage the public to consider and debate issues raised by health and wellbeing research. Grants range from £40,000 to around £250,000.

    Translation Fund

    Helping individuals and partnerships develop new biomedical technologies. These awards support projects from the proof-of-concept stage to being ready for the commercial market.

    Europe and Global Challenges

    Encouraging European and international researchers to work together on global health and environmental challenges. The scheme is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Wellcome Trust.

    Public Engagement Funding within Research Grants

    Providing funding for Wellcome Trust researchers to engage the public with their work.

    Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Grants

    Providing support for researchers who want to establish or maintain biomedical resources (including databases and collections) for the benefit of the wider scientific community.

    Multi-user Equipment Grants

    Providing support for multi-user items of equipment.

    Capital Awards

    Funding the creation and renewal of exhibition and engagement spaces, usually within museums or science centres in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

    Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

    Supporting small-scale research projects, scoping exercises and meetings.