28 February 2019, 17:00 GMT.



(Fully Funded)


Investigator Awards in Science.

Welcome Trust is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent, They support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imagination, and spark debate, The Welcome Trust is offering investigator awards in science in UK.

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Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

When we consider your application, we’ll look at:

  • Your track record as an independent researcher, relative to your career stage
  • The importance of your research question(s) to your field
  • The feasibility of your proposal
  • The suitability of your research environment
  • The time you’ll spend on the Investigator Award, and how it fits in with your other academic commitments

Your research proposal must:

  • Describe an innovative and ambitious programme of work that could transform your field.
  • Explain the approaches you will use to deliver that programme of work.
  • Be distinct from, and not replace, activities already supported by other awards.
  • Be within our scientific remit.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Basic, Clinical, Public health
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Genetics, Genomics and Population Research
  • Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Molecular Basis of Cell Function
  • Pathogen Biology and Disease Transmission
  • Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Population Health

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Flexible duration, up to 7 years.

You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s justifiable for your proposed research.

Timeline of February 2019 round

  • Full application deadline: 28 February 2019, 17:00 GMT.
  • Shortlisting: April-May 2019.
  • Interviews16–18 July 2019

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • You’re a national of a low- or middle-income country.
  • You can apply for an Investigator Award if you’re an independent researcher with a compelling research vision who wants to tackle the most important questions in your field.
  • These awards are also open to joint applications from two researchers whose complementary expertise is essential to deliver their shared vision.
  • If you’re in the early stages of your independent research career, you should be able to show that you can drive advances in your field of study and that you have considerable promise for the future. You should have a strong track record relative to your career stage.
  • You should also be able to show that you’re developing an international reputation for excellence in your field.
  • If you’re a more established researcher, you should have achieved more in terms of the originality and impact of your research.
  • You should have an international reputation as a research leader in your field.
  • If you’ve been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we’ll allow for this when we consider your application.
  • You should have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, or the guarantee of one, Your salary must be paid by your host organization.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

Investigator Awards provide flexible funding of up to around £3 million, Awards can last up to 7 years.

The support includes:

  • Staff
  • Materials and consumables
  • Animals
  • Equipment
  • Access charges
  • Research management and support costs
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Overseas allowances
  • Fieldwork expenses
  • Inflation allowance
  • Publication costs
  • Clinical research costs
  • International recruitment supplement
  • Other costs

*Seed Awards in Science cannot be used to pay your personal salary costs.

How to Apply

First Step: Submit your preliminary application

You must submit your application through Grant Tracker.

View the Sample full application form for Investigator Awards in Science [PDF 299KB]

Second Step: Scientific review and shortlisting

One of expert review groups will review your application, depending on your area of research, If you are recommended for interview, we’ll contact you with the interview dates.

Third Step: External written peer review.

Fourth Step: Interview.

If you’re invited for interview, you’ll be asked to make a short ten-minute presentation to the Science Interview Panel, This will be followed by questions from the panel.

Interviews take place at the Wellcome offices in London, Please make sure you are available for all the interview dates.

Notes: Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

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Reviewed by” Soueilem Mohamed Lemine / Mauritania 
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