Research Enrichment – Open Research

This funding supports Wellcome grantholders to develop innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable.

The sooner research outputs – like data, software and biological materials – are available, the sooner they can start to have an impact on health. 

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Level of funding:

Up to £50,000

Duration of funding:

Funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant

Who can apply

You can apply for this funding if you have a proposal for innovative open research activities that will increase the impact of the research funded under your main Wellcome grant.

You must be:

  • a current Wellcome-funded grantholder 


  • a successful applicant to one of our schemes – you've received an award confirmation letter.

You must be a lead applicant.

All of our funding schemes are eligible for Research Enrichment – Open Research funding, apart from the following: 

If you are not eligible for this scheme, you can still apply for funding to advance open research activities through our Open Research Fund.  

You must be able to complete your proposed activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

Your proposal  

Your proposed activities should include opportunities for you to:

  • make the research outputs from your main Wellcome grant more open, accessible and reusable, so they can have the greatest possible impact
  • develop innovative and ambitious ways to advance open research.

The activities we support can take many forms. For example, you could use the funding to:

  • help researchers find, access and reuse your data eg by creating data visualisations or developing ways to rapidly query or mine datasets, improve metadata, or share sensitive data in a secure way 
  • improve the reproducibility and transparency of your research eg by sharing research outputs that would have not otherwise been available (like null and negative results or enhanced protocols), or using virtual machines to package data and code together 
  • allow your research outputs to be shared in real-time (or near real-time) eg using open lab notebooks 
  • improve software use eg by creating training guides and resources, holding workshops, or carrying out usability testing
  • encourage greater participation and engagement in your research eg by crowdsourcing views on datasets, or using social media to generate new research ideas and collaborations
  • embed open research practices eg by trialling open research approaches in organisations and communities, or visiting and learning from other open research pioneers.

We will review: 

  • the vision for your proposed activities, including aims, target audiences, and how you’ll advance open practices in your research field
  • how your proposed activities will increase the usability and accessibility of research outputs from your main Wellcome grant 
  • how you’ll evaluate the outcome and impact of your proposed activities, including success and risk indicators.

Other schemes

Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

Helping Wellcome grantholders to engage the public with their research. This scheme was previously known as the Provision for Public Engagement.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Public Engagement

Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion

Enabling Wellcome grantholders to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work.
Full details of Research Enrichment – Diversity and Inclusion
Scheme finder

You can ask for Research Enrichment – Open Research funding of up to £50,000.

You should ask for a level of funding that's justifiable for the scale and scope of your grant, and proposed open research activities.

Enrichment funding will end at the same time as your main Wellcome grant.

Funds can be used for a range of costs such as:

  • You can ask for funding for staff to deliver your proposed plan. Staff may include data managers or IT staff.

    We won't cover the salaries of staff already funded by their organisation.

  • We will cover costs for you to work with or commission developers to build a new software tool or application, or further develop an existing one.

  • We will cover costs for you to purchase cloud-based storage or software licences etc.

  • You can ask for costs to:

    • communicate your open research plans to potential users and collaborators
    • create training guides and resources
    • hold training workshops
    • promote uptake and use to others in your research field and the wider community.
  • You can ask for costs to conduct user-testing, focus groups etc.

  • We will pay travel costs for you to:

    • attend relevant training events and conferences
    • visit users and collaborators.
  • contingency costs, as long as these are reasonable and you can justify them
  • VAT on fees where the VAT can't be reclaimed.

What we don’t offer

You can't use Research Enrichment – Open Research funding for:

  • activities that are part of our mandatory open access and data, software and materials management and sharing requirements for Wellcome-funded grantholders
  • activities that were anticipated and funded as part of your main Wellcome grant
  • the standard costs of managing and sharing data, software and materials, which should be included in your main Wellcome grant application 
  • open access publication costs, or other publication costs, eg colour or page charges
  • maintenance and support for ongoing running costs of an existing database, software tool or other resource, unless this involves the development of significant new functionality to benefit open research.

We don't fund overheads.

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT).

Start your application

View the Sample full application form for Research Enrichment [PDF 100KB].

If you’re already a Wellcome-funded grantholder

You can apply at any time from your award date, but you need to be able complete your programme of activities by the end date of your main Wellcome grant. 

If you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant

You can begin your application for Research Enrichment funding at any time while you’re applying for your main Wellcome grant. 

You should only submit your Research Enrichment application when you’ve been informed that your main Wellcome grant has been awarded.  


Wellcome staff will assess your application.

We aim to give you a decision within ten weeks of the Research Enrichment application deadline. There are no interviews. 

In most cases, feedback won’t be provided to unsuccessful applicants. 

Unsuccessful applicants should not reapply, unless specifically invited to do so.

Applying for more than one type of Research Enrichment funding

You can also apply for enrichment funding for public engagement and diversity and inclusion

You’ll need to complete a separate application form for each type of funding. Applications will be assessed separately.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.


We make decisions on applications four times a year. You must submit your application by 17:00 (GMT/BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.

January 2019 round

  • Application deadline

    21 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    March 2019


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.

Key dates

We make decisions on applications four times a year.

January 2019 round

  • Application deadline

    21 January 2019, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    March 2019

Contact us

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

People we've funded