This scheme allows universities to attract or retain outstanding research staff at an early to mid-stage in their careers by providing support for up to five years, after which time the applicant takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university.
A monograph or other substantial publications are expected to result from an award, and so teaching and other non-research commitments are expected to be minimal during the period of full Wellcome Trust support.
Up to five years' support is available, providing your full salary for three years, 50 per cent in the fourth year and 25 per cent in the fifth year.
Travel expenses to attend meetings are provided for five years, but research expenses are provided for the first three years of the award only.
You must be nominated by your prospective head of department and have an undertaking from the head of the institution, vice-chancellor, principal or dean that your personal support will be taken over by the institution at the end of the Trust's grant.
If you are remaining in your current institution, you should not be in an established academic post at the time an application for an award is made.
Support is normally available only at lecturer level, although in exceptional cases awards to senior-lecturer level may be possible.
The host institution would normally be located in either the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
During 2015 we are launching a new grants system that will replace eGrants, our current electronic application system and other ad hoc application mechanisms. It is important that your application is submitted using the appropriate system; this will depend on the deadline you are applying to (see ‘Deadlines’ tab). Please contact us if you wish to discuss these arrangements in more detail.
Initial enquiries about the scheme may be made by you (the potential candidate) or a department in an institution.
These enquiries should be followed by a preliminary application from you, in writing (preferably submitted by email), including:
- an explicit statement from the head of the institution, vice-chancellor or dean demonstrating the institution's commitment to your research field, and a statement confirming that the institution will provide 50 per cent salary costs in year four, 75 per cent in year five and full salary thereafter
- CV and full publication list
- an outline of no more than two pages of the proposed project
- a letter of support from the head of department, including a statement on your expected teaching/administrative load for the five-year period
- the approximate cost of the proposal, broken down into your salary, equipment and project running costs.
If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.
Full applications must be submitted by the published deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.
During 2015 we are launching a new grants system that will replace eGrants, our current electronic application system and other ad hoc application mechanisms. It is important that your application is submitted using the appropriate system.
If you plan to submit an application to the July 2015 preliminary application deadline, please apply in writing (see ‘Application process’ tab). If you intend to submit a preliminary application to a later deadline, you should wait until our new system is launched in May 2015 – we will update this webpage to let you know when the application forms are available.
If you have already been invited to submit a full application, and you intend to apply to the 2 April 2015 deadline, please complete a main application form using eGrants. If you intend to submit your full application to a later deadline, you will need to complete an application form on our new grants system – we will update this webpage to let you know when the application forms are available.
Please contact us if you wish to discuss these arrangements in more detail.
Applications are processed twice a year for consideration by Expert Review Group (for shortlisting) and interview meetings.
- 23 January 2015: closing date for preliminary applications
2 April 2015: closing date for full applications.
The schedule for full applications received by the April closing date is as follows:
- May 2015: shortlisting
July 2015: interviews.
- July 2015: closing date for preliminary applications (exact date tbc)
September 2015: closing date for full applications (exact date tbc).
The schedule for full applications received by the September closing date is as follows:
- November 2015: shortlisting
January 2016: interviews.
We aim to advise all applicants whether they have been invited to submit full applications within three weeks of the preliminary application deadline.
Grants Section (Society and Ethics)
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 8893