The Wellcome Trust is seeking nominations for the Innovator Awards to support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.
- An Innovator Award provides up to £500,000 of funding and usually lasts up to 24 months. For multidisciplinary collaborations, awards are up to £750,000 and have a duration of up to 36 months.
What they Offer
Their support includes:
- Materials and consumables;
- Access charges;
- Research management and support costs (overheads);
- Travel and subsistence;
- Overseas allowances;
- Contract research organisations;
- Inflation allowance;
- Open access charges;
- Project management costs;
- Clinical research costs;
- Other costs.
What they don’t offer
- Salary recovery costs for staff funded full-time by the employing organisation.
- Indirect costs.
- Working capital costs of commercial organisations.
- Fees for academic courses such as Master’s degrees or PhDs, and other tuition fees.
- Costs for large equipment.
- Costs for capital build or refurbishment.
- Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply.
- Organisations can be of any size, but they must be established and/or have working capital. They can be based anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China).
- You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include:
- Therapeutics (small molecules or biologics);
- Digital technologies;
- Regenerative medicine.
- The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.
- Wellcome Trust particularly encourage proposals from multidisciplinary collaborations within or between organisations. These collaborations do not need to include life sciences researchers.
- In your proposal, you must:
- Include researchers from at least two different scientific disciplines;
- Include at least one researcher from a discipline outside those that are standard in collaborations within biomedical and life sciences, such as (but not limited to) engineering, physical science or data science (for example, large data and data mining);
- Describe the added value of the collaboration, and tell them why the outcome(s) of your work will be unique and only achievable through this approach.
For more information, visit https://wellcome.org/grant-funding/schemes/innovator-awards