Fund supports innovative work at 30 universities

We are making 30 new Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) awards to universities across the UK and Ireland.

Sphere Within Sphere sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro in Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is one of the universities benefiting from our Institutional Strategic Support Fund. This sculpture, Sphere Within Sphere, in the college is by Arnaldo Pomodoro.

The ISSF scheme provides universities with funds to develop and embed areas of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and the institution within and across:

  • biomedical and clinical sciences
  • public health
  • social sciences
  • medical humanities. 

The awards give universities the freedom to determine how best to deliver on this broad remit and so ISSF funds are being used in a range of different ways. 

Common uses include:

  • early career fellowships
  • seed and proof-of-concept funding
  • support for individuals with caring responsibilities 
  • capacity building for public engagement. 

Other innovative uses of the funding include developing career pathways for technical staff, employing equality and diversity champions, and translating medical humanities research into policy and practice. 

The awards range from £500,000 to £5 million for up to five years, subject to review during the third year. Each university has to agree to match Wellcome’s contribution with an equivalent investment.

This is the third time we have made the ISSF awards, and this year five of the 30 universities are receiving ISSF grants for the first time.

More information about the ISSF award holders.