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.
Eugene Kinyanda Head of the Mental Health Project at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
I’ve decided that I want a career as a scientist so Wellcome is attractive because it provides a career development path.
Anita Thapar Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cardiff University Collaborative Awards in Science
As a clinical scientist, I believe that it is impossible to do top quality science unless I work with other people who have expertise in different areas.
Kebede Deribe Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
I always wanted to have a research-focused career, and Wellcome is one of the funding organisations that have consistently invested in tropical medicine research.
Daniel Streicker Research Fellow, University of Glasgow Sir Henry Dale Fellowships
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Christine Knight Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science
Wellcome supports you – basically to be a bit eccentric and creative in whatever way suits you best.
Sharon Watson Artistic Director and Choreographer, Phoenix Dance Theatre Small Arts Awards
There are two sides to what we do – formal educational study and artistic development – and Wellcome's criteria fitted them perfectly.
Clare Lloyd Professor of Respiratory Immunology, Imperial College London Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.