Seed Awards in Science

Seed Awards help researchers develop novel ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to Wellcome or elsewhere.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

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:

Up to £100,000

Duration of funding:

Up to 2 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply


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.

Republic of Ireland
Low- and middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


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

Public health

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in postdoctoral research or leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

March 2018 round

  • Application deadline

    22 March 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    May 2018

July 2018 round

The application form will be available on Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker in March 2018.

  • Application deadline

    5 July 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    September 2018

Contact us

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

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

Michelle Ma

Michelle Ma Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry, King's College London Seed Awards in Science

Michelle Ma

This scheme was attractive because it supports brand new ideas, without the expectation that there has to be large amounts of prior data.
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