The Wellcome Trust have announced they are changing their funding framework in order to enhance their ability to support excellent research, make an even greater impact on health, and provide opportunities for talented researchers at whatever career stage to find funding. Improvements include a new funding mechanism for collaborative research by teams, and the introduction of seed grants to support researchers who want to develop original and innovative ideas.
The most significant changes to the funding framework include:
- A new scheme for collaborative research, to support groups led by multiples researchers in pursuing key questions.These are designed to allow multiple researchers to come together, ideally from different disciplines, to work towards solutions which are more than the sum of their parts.
- A new scheme for seed funding to support original and innovative ideas, with a view to enabling researchers to move towards a larger research application.
- Current “New Investigator” and “Senior Investigator” Award schemes are merging into a single “Investigator” Award scheme. All candidates will be considered according to their career stage and experience to date.
- Increased opportunities for research leaders of the future through our established schemes of Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sir Henry Dale Fellowships.
- New schemes to encourage the development of portfolios of translational research projects and sustained excellence in public engagement.
A webinar explaining the new changes, how they will be implemented, and what effect they will have is being held on 12th December 2014.
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Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships champion and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. Now launched for its third year, the scheme supports science communicators with a strong record of delivering high-quality public engagement and aims to propel them to become leaders in their field.
The scheme provides the freedom, resources and environment to enable exceptional individuals to develop their skills and practice in encouraging the public to examine, explore and debate the big scientific challenges that society faces.
Engagement Fellowships are open to individuals with a proven track record of delivering (rather than facilitating) high-quality public engagement. They aim to propel Fellows to become leaders in the field of public engagement with science in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland.
Applications are invited from professional science communicators, research scientists, medical historians, clinicians or professionals working in the arts.
Find out more, including how to apply.
Preliminary applications are due by 22 February 2013.
Wellcome Trust/MIT have announced fellowships, which enable postdoctoral scientists to undertake research at the interfaces between biology or medicine, and mathematics, engineering, computer and physical or chemical sciences, firstly at MIT and then at a UK institution.
The scheme is open to individuals with a relevant connection to the EEA. Applicants should be about to submit their doctoral thesis, or have no more than three years’ postdoctoral experience.
More details can be found at this link.
The deadline is 18 January 2013. If you are interested in applying, I would be happy to take a look over your proposal so do get in touch.