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Technology Transfer

We help to bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercial application by funding applied research and development projects to a stage where they are attractive to a follow-on funder, such as venture capital firms, industry and public-private partnerships.

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Technology Transfer Dr Ted Bianco introduces Technology Transfer at the Wellcome Trust.


Our funding

We support a wide array of projects across a spectrum of technologies and therapeutic areas; our key criterion is that the project addresses an unfilled medical need or is an enabling tool in healthcare research and development.

We provide six major types of funding:

Translation Fund Translating innovative and ambitious, applied R&D projects with an unmet healthcare need.
Health Innovation Challenge Fund Themed calls for innovative healthcare technologies delivering near-term patient benefit.
Seeding Drug Discovery Facilitating early-stage small-molecule drug discovery.
Sustaining Health Pilot funding for cross-disciplinary research connecting environment, nutrition and health
Affordable Healthcare in India A Wellcome Trust scheme to support R&D in India to develop accessible healthcare solutions
Pathfinder Awards Academic-Industry funding to develop early-stage applied R&D in orphan and neglected disease areas.

Technology Transfer showcase: Featured project

For more examples of successful projects funded by Technology Transfer, see our showcase pages.

Health Innovation Challenge Fund Limbs Alive: How video games aid stroke recovery This project aims to analyse information about how stroke patients perform arm and hand movements as they play video games, and to provide feedback to patients and therapists.   Watch (4 min 26 s)
Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888