Strategic Awards in Biomedical Science
Strategic Awards provide flexible forms of support to excellent research groups with outstanding track records in their field. In particular, Strategic Awards support research to address the challenges outlined in the Wellcome Trust’s Strategic Plan for 2010-2020.
Strategic Awards are funded in partnership with the host institution(s). A written commitment from the institution is a prerequisite to submitting an application; this should explain how the proposal fits with the strategic aims and priorities of the institution.
Proposals which involve interdisciplinary research collaborations of basic scientists and/or clinicians (medical and veterinary) and/or non-biologists (e.g. mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers, social scientists) are particularly encouraged.
Awards are normally for five years and can provide funds for:
- support staff
- biological, clinical or epidemiological research resources
- provision for public engagement costs.
Limited capital building or refurbishment essential to the programme can also be requested.
The support available can be tailored to the needs of individual groups with agreement from the Trust and might be justified in terms of the added value they will provide.
Applications will be considered from principal applicants who meet our eligibility criteria and are recognised international leaders in their field.
Further information for applicants from the Republic of Ireland.
Prospective applicants are required to contact a member of Trust staff from the appropriate funding department to discuss your application (please see ‘Contacts’). You may then be invited to complete and submit a preliminary application form.
If your preliminary application is successful, you will then be invited to submit a full application. The relevant form will be provided at this time.
Your full application will be sent for peer review and will then be considered by the Strategic Awards Committee. The Committee meets twice a year and you may be asked to make a presentation to support your case.
You will be given the opportunity to comment on referees' opinions before the Committee meeting.
You should note that if referees provide predominantly negative reviews of a Strategic Award application, then the application may be withdrawn from consideration at the Strategic Awards Committee meeting.
From time to time we may highlight particular areas of research and/or training in which bids for Strategic Awards are encouraged. In such cases, application deadlines may be specified so that bids from different institutions can be considered in competition alongside each other.
Successful applicants may have the opportunity to apply for Enhancement funding. Details can be found here.
Details of current themed initiatives
Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time and are assessed on a rolling basis.
Enquiries may be directed to the appropriate funding stream, or by telephone to the Grants Service Desk: +44 (0)20 7611 2020.
Immunology and Infectious Disease
Populations and Public Health
Neuroscience and Mental Health
Cellular, Developmental and Physiological Sciences
Genetic and Molecular Sciences
Current Award holders
Details of current Strategic Award holders.