Wellcome is committed to supporting a thriving environment for the most innovative and challenging research on health in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). We’re pleased to announce two new, one-off funding calls that will help us to do this – the International Exchange Programmes and Research Development Awards.
To focus on these new initiatives, we're going to pause the HSS Investigator and Collaborative Awards schemes for one year from mid-2020. This will not affect current holders of awards under these schemes.
International Exchange Programmes in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics
This funding will help researchers to run international exchange programmes and gain in-depth experience of working and teaching outside their home countries.
The call is for groups of researchers based in the UK and at least one other country.
We've been delighted with the success of the HSS Investigator and Collaborative Awards in creating new knowledge and enabling significant advances in our understanding of health.
These new awards will give us an opportunity to focus on building the research environments that make transformative research possible.
Pausing our current HSS Investigator and Collaborative Awards will be an opportunity for us to reflect on how our schemes can continue to foster exciting, transformative research on health in the humanities and social sciences.
Timeline for existing and new HSS awards
The Investigator and Collaborative Award schemes will continue to run as normal until 2020.
The last preliminary deadline before the funding pause will be in January 2020, with awards being made in July 2020.
Preliminary deadlines for the two new calls will be in March 2020. Awards are likely to be made in early 2021.
We anticipate that funding for research proposals for established researchers will return in the academic year 2021/22.
How to find out more
We’ll be holding a series of information sessions on the new calls in autumn 2019.
25 September (14:00 – 16:00) – Wellcome, London
2 October (13:00 – 15:00) – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
7 October (14:00 – 16:00) – University of Leeds, Leeds
7 November (14:00 – 16:00) – Wellcome, London
If you want to register for a session, email HSS@wellcome.ac.uk by 5 August 2019. Please put 'HSS information session' in the subject line and include the following details:
name, department, organisation
your first and second choice of dates
whether you are interested in International Exchange Programmes or Research Development Awards.
We'll live stream the final session and make it available shortly afterwards.
Investigator Awards and Collaborative Awards
July 2019: preliminary deadline
Jan 2020: funding decisions
Jan 2020: final preliminary deadline
July 2020: final funding decisions.
International Exchange Programmes and Research Development Awards