Wellcome Early-Career Awards 2022 (up to £400,000)

Deadline: 18 October 2022

Deadline: 18 October 2022

Applications are now open for the Wellcome Early-Career Awards 2022 to provide funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity.

Wellcome improves health for everyone by funding research, leading policy and advocacy campaigns, and building global partnerships. Collaborative research that involves a diverse range of people from different fields of interest is key to progress in health science – and to achieving our aim of fostering a healthier, happier, world.

Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. Duration of funding is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and may only be longer if held on a part-time basis where your host organisation is based: UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India and mainland China)

  • A Wellcome Early-Career Award provides a salary for the grantholder and up to £400,000 for research expenses. If you are eligible to request overheads or overseas allowances, they won’t count these against the £400,000 limit for research expenses.


  • You can apply to this scheme if you are an early-career researcher and you are ready to design, plan and deliver your own innovative research project that aims to: advance understanding in your field and/or develop methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques that could benefit health-related research.
  • Your research can be in any discipline – including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health – as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with our funding remit.
  • Have some postdoctoral experience in your proposed field of study, but no more than three years unless you can demonstrate how other factors have impacted on your research career. When we review how much postdoctoral experience you have, we will allow for part-time work, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, career breaks and other significant amounts of time spent outside research, for example clinical training.
  • They also consider whether you have changed research discipline. For example, moving from astrophysics to computational neuroscience. There may be some crossover, such as in research sites or techniques, but the shift should still be a significant change.
  • You must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in one of the following: UK, Republic of Ireland,  a low- or middle-income country (apart from India and mainland China). It can be a: higher education institution, research institute, non-academic healthcare organization, or not-for-profit organisation.

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