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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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Innovations Dr Ted Bianco introduces Innovations 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.

Innovations showcase: Featured project

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

Samba II: a transformative diagnostic for HIV This small, highly portable machine, developed by Diagnostics for the New World, is a new point-of-care diagnostic which gives instant results in detecting genetic material of the HIV virus.   Watch (4 min 12 s)
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