Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

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

The current funding round is on the theme of regulation and health.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Early, Intermediate, Senior, Returning to research

Level of funding:

Usually between £25,000 and £100,000

Duration of funding:

6 to 12 months

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.


You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).

Returning to research

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

Key dates

October 2017 round

  • Applications deadline

    5 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    30 November 2017

The next deadline will be announced in early 2018. Please check this page for updates.

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 Humanities and Social Science team.

People we've funded