Investigator Awards in Science

Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Salary isn’t provided.

Duration of funding:

Flexible duration, up to 7 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply


Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

Republic of Ireland
Low- or middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


You're not a clinically qualified researcher.


You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.

Public health

Develop your research career

See our other schemes for researchers who are interested in leading a research programme.

Key dates

We consider applications three times a year.

November 2017 round

  • Full application deadline

    27 November 2017, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    January 2018

  • Interviews

    10–12 April 2018

March 2018 round

  • Full application deadline

    12 March 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    April 2018

  • Interviews

    17–19 July 2018

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 Science team.

People we've funded

Clare Bryant Professor of Innate Immunity, University of Cambridge Investigator Awards in Science

Clare Bryant

I wanted to carry out long-term fundamental interdisciplinary research and I thought Wellcome would be receptive.

Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams Professor of Biomedical Surfaces and Director of EPSRC Programme Grant in Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery, University of Nottingham (Morgan Alexander) Professor of Molecular Microbiology, University of Nottingham (Paul Williams)             Investigator Awards in Science

Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams

A nice thing about the Investigator Award was that it allowed us to ask big questions without having a lot of supporting data. We just had these very interesting materials and some ideas about how they might work.
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