Wellcome Trust Innovator Awards

The Wellcome Trust is an independent foundation, founded by, Sir Henry Wellcome, a medical entrepreneur. Up to now, Wellcome Trust has invested £26.8 billion and plans to invest £5 billion in the next 5 years helping people across the world explore great ideas.

The Wellcome Trust funds research through many different grants, including funding for individuals, teams, resources, seed ideas, places and major initiatives in multiple research areas:

  • Biomedical science
  • Population health
  • Product development and applied research
  • Humanities and social science
  • Public engagement and creative industries.

The Innovator Award is one of their open topic grants, for researchers and companies world-wide.

Subsidy: Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations.
Funding rate: A contribution to the project from the applicant is expected
Deadline: Open
Project duration: 2 years



Researchers (individuals and teams) from not-for-profit and commercial organizations can apply. Organizations can be of any size, based anywhere in the world. Can be single applicant or with partners. There are no limits to this call in terms of group size.

Wellcome encourages proposals that are:

  • multidisciplinary collaborators from the same or different organizations and/or;
  • partnerships between not-for-profit and commercial organizations.



These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation. Examples of technologies include:

  • Therapeutics (small molecules or biologics)
  • Vaccines
  • Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital technology
  • Regenerative medicine.


Additional Information:

Organizations that are successful in obtaining an Innovator Award must sign up to the grant conditions outlined in the template award letters before they can receive it. Wellcome Trust UK reserves the right to ask for an alternative or amended contract.

Wellcome Trust UK requires a proportional share of any financial benefits arising from any commercial exploitation of a Wellcome-funded project, as outlined in the Innovator Awards template revenue sharing agreement. For companies this will most probably take the form of a convertible loan agreement.


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