People and projects we've funded

Current grantholders talk about their experience of getting funding in biomedical science, population health, humanities and social science, and public engagement.

    Daniel Streicker Research Fellow, University of Glasgow Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

    Daniel Streicker

    You can use funds in ways that best meet the needs of your research – we bought a truck in Peru, which has transformed the way we can collect data in the field.

    Lalita Ramakrishnan Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of Cambridge Principal Research Fellowships

    Lalita Ramakrishnan

    The funding is well-suited to international relocations. There was a generous relocation allowance, for lab members as well as me.

    Charles Wondji Reader, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

    Charles Wondji

    The security of five years' funding gave me peace of mind and has enabled me to concentrate on my main research programme.

    Cathy Price Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, UCL Principal Research Fellowships

    Cathy Price

    The flexibility of the funding is crucial. It recognises that the direction your research takes is often contingent on the results – you can’t specify in advance five years’ worth of experiments.

    Michael Dustin Director of Research, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and Professor of Molecular Immunology, University of Oxford Principal Research Fellowships

    Michael Dustin

    People at the Trust aim to smooth the process so your application stands or falls on the quality of the science.

    Mary Dixon-Woods RAND Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science

    Mary Dixon-Woods

    I’ve had tremendous opportunities and met lots of fantastic collaborators and mentors along the way. Now I’m keen to make sure other people have the same kind of opportunities.

    Sharon Watson Artistic Director and Choreographer, Phoenix Dance Theatre Small Arts Awards

    Sharon Watson

    There are two sides to what we do – formal educational study and artistic development – and Wellcome's criteria fitted them perfectly. 

    Christine Knight Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

    Christine Knight

    Wellcome supports you – basically to be a bit eccentric and creative in whatever way suits you best. 

    Clare Lloyd Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Imperial College London Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

    Clare Lloyd

    The flexibility is good – you can go where the science leads you.

    Sara Brown Honorary consultant dermatologist, University of Dundee Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science

    Sara Brown

    Dream big, plan the best possible experiments, but be realistic. Make sure you get people you trust to criticise what you’re proposing and ask for honest feedback. Valid critical comment is essential.

    Matthew Burton Reader in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science

    Matthew Burton

    The fellowship gives me the stability, level and duration of funding to develop a major research programme that can make a real difference in international health.

    Katrina Lythgoe Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Oxford Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

    Katrina Lythgoe

    I’d particularly like to do more work in schools, to show that women can be scientists and to raise awareness of the different ways in which maths can be used in a career.

    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.

    Melissa Ward Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, Harvard University, International Livestock Research Institute Nairobi and University of Edinburgh Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Melissa Ward

    I’ve been able to work in a number of countries, in lots of different research settings. The flexibility is great. 

    Jonathan Marchini Professor in Statistical Genomics, University of Oxford  Collaborative Awards in Science

    Jonathan Marchini

    We needed to bring together our individual expertise and get postdoctoral support. Wellcome’s Collaborative Award allowed us to do that, and offered a lot of flexibility.

    Michelle Ma Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry, King's College London Seed Awards in Science

    Michelle Ma

    This scheme was attractive because it supports brand new ideas, without the expectation that there has to be large amounts of prior data.

    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.

    Dr Lindsay Keith CEO of The Refinery and creator of SMASHfest UK People Awards

    Dr Lindsay Keith

    When I applied for a People Award, I knew Wellcome was an organisation that will take risks and that believes in true public engagement.