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Global health
A significant and growing proportion of our funding is used to support research and research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries.

We fund research in public health (including communicable and chronic diseases) and tropical medicine (including clinical and biomedical) as set out in our International Strategy. Examples of research we have funded can be found on our past funding pages. You can also find an overview of our work in our Global Health Research booklet [PDF 2.37MB].

We fund a range of collaborative projects, including major international partnerships between higher-income countries, such as the Structural Genomics Consortium.

Emergency Ebola initiative

We have funded a multi-million pound emergency funding package for research that could help to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and future outbreaks of infectious disease, alongside a £40 million long-term investment in African science.
Read more about the full support initiative

What grants are available?
Fellowships and personal awards
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Public health and tropical medicine fellowships
Providing personal support specifically for researchers in low- and middle-income countries.

Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance (external link)
For outstanding medically qualified or science graduates across the full spectrum of biomedical research, from fundamental molecular and cellular studies through to clinical and public health research.

Investigator Awards
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Investigator Awards in biomedical science
Funding for world-class researchers with a compelling long-term vision for their research.
Seed Awards
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Seed Awards
Funding to support the generation of new ideas.
Collaborative Awards
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Collaborative Awards
Funding for collaborative research by teams.
Current international initiatives
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Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Initiative
DELTAS Africa aims to support African-led development of a critical mass of internationally competitive researchers working across Africa, headed by world-class leaders.

Global health trials scheme
A joint scheme from the Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council and Department for International Development to fund 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
A joint scheme from the Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council, UK Department for International Development and the UK Economic and Social Research Council to support research to improve health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

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.


In addition to the research funded via the grant schemes shown above, we also provide long-term ongoing support to a number of major programmes. Further details of these can be found below.

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888