Areas in development

We explore certain areas to see what impact our involvement could have.

After a development phase, we decide whether to make the area one of our priority areas, to take it forward in other ways, or to let others take the lead if they're better placed to act. 


Snakebite is one of the most neglected health problems in low- and middle-income countries. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people die each year after being bitten by a venomous snake, and 400,000 people are left with permanent, life-changing disabilities.

We’re exploring ways to ensure that the people most at risk of snakebite have access to safe, effective and affordable therapies through:

We’re setting up a development team to lead this work for us, and will publish more details about our programme of work in late 2018.

Data for science and health

We’re exploring what Wellcome can do to drive innovative and imaginative uses of data to improve science and health. 

To achieve this, we want to transform three key areas:  

We’ll publish more details about our programme of work once our development team have made recommendations.

How we choose priority areas

For something to become a priority area, we need to be sure that: 

Frontiers meetings

Our Frontiers meetings, in 2015-16, brought together experts to help shape the direction and strategy for specific areas in development.

Read the meeting reports:

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