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Strategic awards and other initiatives

Strategic Awards are highly flexible and provide support for initiatives that might otherwise be unavailable through our other funding schemes. They give us a mechanism that is both versatile and responsive to significant funding opportunities. In particular, these Awards support research to address the challenges outlined in the Trust's Strategic Plan 2010-20.

From time to time we also use targeted calls for initiatives to develop and support strategically important topics within and across our five challenges.

As part of the refreshed funding framework, our current Strategic Awards scheme will be closing, with final awards made in July 2015. Opportunities for funding for large strategic initiatives and collaborative research will continue.

Strategic Awards
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Strategic Awards in Biomedical Science
Strategic Awards provide flexible forms of support to facilitate research and/or training that is not possible under existing schemes. The aim is to add value to excellent research groups.

Current initiatives
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Wellcome Trust Centres
Funding for world-leading groups proposing novel and innovative ways of tackling important research and translational questions.

New Wellcome Trust PhD Programmes for Clinicians
Support for innovative PhD programmes that will train the clinical academics of the future, through association with recognised centres of academic research and clinical excellence.

Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programmes
To provide support for four-year PhD programmes in academic institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Biomedical resource and technology development grants
Provide support for researchers wishing to establish or maintain biomedical resources (including databases and collections) for the benefit of the wider scientific community.

Multi-user equipment grants
Provide support for multi-user items of equipment, including equipment required to create a central resource for a number of disparate scientific programmes.

Global health trials scheme
Support for late-stage trials of interventions that will help improve health in low- and middle- income countries, by addressing the major causes of mortality and morbidity.

Health Systems Research Initiative
Support for research to improve health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Initiative
DELTAS Africa aims to support the African-led development of a critical mass of internationally competitive researchers working across Africa, headed by world-class leaders.

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises
Support to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises.

Sustaining Health
Support for work embracing the research themes of behaviour change, global nutrition, health impacts of climate change, and ecological public health. 

Other schemes
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Starter grants for clinical lecturers 
Research-active clinical lecturers can apply for modest funding to cover the cost of consumables to enable them to gather data to strengthen applications for longer-term fellowships and funding.

The Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships
Provides opportunities for medical and non-medical graduates to travel between the UK and the Middle East to further their research and learn new techniques, with the aim of developing ongoing collaborations.

For information about applying to the Trust, Grant Conditions, eligibility and deadlines, see Application information.

Current grantholders should see Managing a grant.

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