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International strategy

The Wellcome Trust devotes a significant proportion of funds to health-related research conducted outside the UK through its international funding.


Our strategy for supporting biomedical health research and training in low- and middle-income countries focuses on the following aims:

  • Broadening the base for scientific endeavour by investing in excellent scientists in low- and middle-income countries who have the greatest potential to advance knowledge, and ensuring they have the resources they need to carry out their work.
  • Increasing our support to areas of science that have the potential for health benefits for people and their livestock in low- and middle-income countries. We will also support public engagement programmes to raise the profile of research in low- and middle-income countries and promote informed discussion about its impact on those societies.
  • Supporting international networks and partnerships that are focused on health research in low- and middle-income countries, and which will facilitate the sharing of ideas and resources and ultimately accelerate scientific progress.

Funding approach

We provide support for the best people and research teams so that, over time, we can help to develop critical mass in strategically important areas of the biomedical sciences and combat health problems of regional or global importance.

Our strategy in global health research focuses on supporting research and training in developing and restructuring countries. We expect all successful applications will be scientifically competitive.

Who can apply?

As part of this strategy, we encourage proposals from low- and middle-income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-east Asia, and some restructuring countries of central and eastern Europe. However, researchers from other such countries are also eligible to apply. Global health research to be funded as part of the International Strategy should have a focus on one of the following:

  • public health research in communicable and non-communicable diseases and disorders, as well as health services research
  • infectious diseases (including tropical and neglected infectious diseases, animal health, zoonoses and emerging infections).

Applications can include elements specifically related to training and capacity building.

A host institution will be expected to commit to providing long-term support and a sustainable local research environment.

We welcome feedback on the Wellcome Trust International Strategy, which should be addressed to globalhealth@wellcome.ac.uk

However, please first consult the frequently asked questions.

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