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Seed Awards in Science (Wellcome Trust)

Escrito por NOGP/aip  em 15 de Fevereiro de 2019

Seed Awards help researchers develop novel ideas that will go on to form part of larger grant applications to Wellcome or elsewhere.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage: Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research.

Where your host organisation is based: UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India).

Type of researcher: Basic, Clinical, Public health.

Level of funding: Up to £100,000.

Duration of funding: Up to 2 years.


Wellcome Trust

Prazo de inscrição

segunda-feira, 11 de Março de 2019 às 13:59 (-14 dias restantes)

Critérios de elegibilidade

You can apply for a Seed Award if you’re a researcher who wants to develop a novel idea that will go on to form part of a larger grant application to Wellcome or elsewhere.

To be eligible, you must have a PhD or an equivalent higher degree.

You must be based at an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (apart from India). However, you can’t usually apply if you have access to support from a core-funded research organisation (see ‘Who can’t apply’ below for more details).

For the duration of the award, you must have:

  • an academic or research post and receive your salary from your host organisation rather than from another research grant


  • a personal award or fellowship that provides your salary with no or only minimal research expenses.

You must not currently receive funding at a similar level to a Seed Award in Science, or have held equivalent funding in the 12 months before the closing date for this award.

Read Scenarios of eligible and ineligible Seed Awards in Science applicants[PDF 327KB].

You must have enough time to commit to the award.

We particularly encourage researchers:

  • at the start of their independent careers
  • who want to develop ideas that are outside their discipline or area of expertise
  • who propose interdisciplinary research across our funding in science and population health research, humanities and social science, and product development and applied research funding.

You can have collaborators, but you can’t submit a joint application with another person.

Your research proposal must be within our scientific remit.

These awards give researchers the opportunity to use innovative methodologies and carry out a broad range of activities, such as:

  • pilot and scoping studies
  • preliminary data gathering
  • proof-of-principle studies
  • planning sessions
  • collaborative network meetings.


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