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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Leverhulme Trust has announced an increase to the amount of funding applicants will be able to request and receive via three key grant schemes that provide support to individual researchers and students, from 2015.
Maximum funding for the Research Fellowships scheme, which provides support for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research over a period of three to twenty-four months, will be increased from £45,000 to £50,000. The new maximum value is intended to ensure the awards continue to offer flexibility as the costs of conducting research and appointing replacement teaching staff rise.
The value of the maintenance grant available through the Study Abroad Studentships scheme will also increase from £17,000 to £18,000 per annum. This increase is intended to contribute towards the rise in the cost of living
Finally, the maximum contribution to salary costs for Early Career Fellowships made by the Trust will increase to £24,000 per annum which, together with the £6,000 available for research expenses, will increase the total maximum grant available through this scheme to £90,000. This scheme offers fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research positions to enable early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.
Research Fellowships and Study Abroad Studentships schemes are now open to new applications, and the new round for Early Career Fellowships will open from January 2015.