Wellcome has announced new funding that will support bold and creative discovery research to improve health. At the heart of their new strategy is the recognition that advances in health often come from unexpected sources, and that curiosity-driven research is vital to understanding how life works.
By focusing on discovery research, they want to enable researchers to be ambitious, take on difficult problems, and adopt creative and innovative approaches to push the boundaries of our understanding of life, health and wellbeing.
They know that the work we will support will have positive unforeseen applications and significance, and we also believe that this strong base of discovery will be hugely important to address the three global health challenges that we’re also taking on through the strategy: infectious disease, mental health and climate and health.
They are proud of the thousands of researchers we have supported over the years, and we have benefited hugely from the relationships we have built with them. The Discovery Research team will continue this work, but we will be bolder and more ambitious in how we support our researchers.
The focus of their new schemes
A key component of our discovery research work will be three new funding schemes:
- Early-Career Awards
- Career Development Awards
- Discovery Awards.
These schemes consolidate what was often a confusing maze of funding routes which were difficult to navigate and even harder to understand if you were not ‘in the system’ or applying from a non-UK university.
They are designed to support bold and creative research ideas across a broad range of disciplines. They will fund people at all career stages, as long as the research is related to human biology, health and disease.
They will support individual, team and interdisciplinary research, as well as the development of methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools and techniques.