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:
- reviving and stabilising the market for effective antivenoms
- accelerating research and innovation to improve existing antivenoms and develop alternatives
- working with funders, researchers, policymakers and industry.
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:
- Access to data: there’s no shortage of data, but access to it is often limited. We want to improve access – eg by helping to make datasets more interoperable, or simplifying complex regulatory frameworks – so that researchers have the data they need to be able to tackle science and health challenges.
- Diversity of the workforce: the data science workforce isn’t as diverse as it could be, and researchers with different skillsets don’t always have opportunities or support to collaborate. We want to change this in line with our wider goal to improve diversity and inclusion in science.
- Public confidence in data use: health data is sensitive and confidential. With concerns around privacy and uncertainty about AI technologies, we want to help build public trust around new uses of data so that everyone can benefit.
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:
- there’s a clear and compelling need for change
- our involvement will make a real difference
- we'll develop an approach that's more than the sum of its parts by bringing together different strands of our existing work
- we can involve a range of partners or different perspectives
- we have a focused plan with clear targets.
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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