Seed Awards in Science

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

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate, 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



You’re starting your career in postdoctoral research.


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

Returning to research

You’re returning to a research career after a break of two years or more.

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.

March 2017 round

  • Application deadline

    13 March 2017

  • Decision

    May 2017

July 2017 round

  • Application deadline

    3 July 2017

  • Decision

    September 2017

October 2017 round

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

  • Application deadline

    2 October 2017

  • Decision

    December 2017

People we've funded

Michelle MaLecturer in Imaging Chemistry, King's College LondonSeed 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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