Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave

We realise that researchers may find it challenging to balance a research career with family commitments.

Find out what costs Wellcome will cover if you need to take leave.

Salary and studentship stipend costs

Wellcome will normally abide by the terms and conditions of your employing organisation for maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental leave and pay.

We will supplement your grant by the actual costs your employing organisation incurs paying your salary or stipend while you’re on leave, less any recoverable statutory pay.

We’ll cover these costs if you’re:

How to ask for salary costs

Write to tell us that you or your member of staff will be taking leave.

Just before you return to work your research office must write to tell us the:

If you or your member of staff have taken shared parental leave, your organisation should write to us just before you return to work from your final period of shared parental leave.  

We’ll supplement your grant and write to let you know the amount and confirm your new grant end date.

You must tell us if you or your member of staff decide not to return to work.

Research costs

Our policy on research costs is changing. We’re doing this to:

What we’ll give you depends on when you’re returning to work.

If you’re a grantholder returning to work before 1 October 2018

You can ask us to supplement your grant to cover any additional direct research costs you may have incurred when you were on leave. This can include research staff and expenses.

You can ask us for these costs even if Wellcome doesn’t fund your salary.

If you’re a grantholder returning to work from 1 October 2018

If you take leave for a month or more, we’ll supplement your grant to contribute towards your direct research costs.

You don’t have to ask us for these costs. We'll automatically give them to you when you return to work and we know how long you've been on leave.

We’ll do this if you’re a grantholder and the sole lead of the research, even if Wellcome doesn’t fund your salary.

We will pay 50% of your research costs, pro-rata, for the period you are on leave.

The amount is based on the costs in your original award letter. It doesn’t include:

For example, if we awarded you £240,000 for your research costs and your grant is for 60 months, the supplement would be £12,000 if you took six months’ leave.

How to ask for research costs

What you need to do depends on when you’re returning to work.

If you’re returning to work before 1 October 2018

Contact the Grants Adviser looking after your grant. If you don’t know who this is, contact us.

You must tell us if you decide not to return to work.

If you’re returning to work after 1 October 2018

You need to let us know your plans before you start your leave.

Just before you return to work your research office must confirm the start and end date of your leave.

If you’ve taken shared parental leave, your organisation should write to us just before you return to work from your final block of shared parental leave.

If you’ve been on leave for a month or more, we’ll supplement your grant and write to let you know the amount and confirm your new grant end date. You don’t have to ask us for the research costs; we'll automatically provide them.

You must tell us if you decide not to return to work.

Changing your grant end date

You can extend the end date of your grant to match the amount of leave you’ve taken.

Contact us if you need to take extended time off for unpaid parental leave, and you want to change your grant end date.

Returning to work part-time

You can return to work part-time if your employing organisation agrees.

We may extend your grant end date further. Contact us to discuss this.

Contact us

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