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We provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

We offer a wide variety of funding schemes to support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places. We also fund major initiatives in areas which are strategically important, by invitation, but we welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas which might fit with our strategic priorities.

Our funding framework has been refreshed to reflect what we’ve learnt from our community.

Our funding areas

Investigating health and disease in humans and animals.
Helping the development of innovative, early-stage projects with potential medical applications.
Imaginative and experimental projects that bring biology and medicine to new audiences.
Medical history and humanities funding page
Supporting research at the interface of the humanities, social science and health.
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Major awards in strategically important research areas.

Grant enquiries

Contact the Grants Information Desk for any queries about our grant schemes and your application.

For grantholders

Information and resources for managing a grant once it has been awarded.

Flexible research careers

Find out more about how we provide flexibility in our range of research career opportunities.

Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Supporting UK universities to invest in strategic areas of importance across their portfolio.

How to apply

Full details of how to apply are in the individual funding areas of the site. For general information see:

Grants awarded

Listings of all Wellcome Trust grants awarded each year, in Excel and PDF formats.

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