No deadline for applications: open call (shortlisting meetings occur quarterly)
Level of funding:
Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations
Duration of funding:
Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations
Who can apply
Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.
Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply. Organisations can be of any size, based anywhere in the world. Funded organisations must sign up to our grant conditions (see the template award letters in the 'How to apply' section on this page).
You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include:
therapeutics (small molecules or biologics)
The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.
Multidisciplinary collaborations and partnerships
We particularly encourage proposals from multidisciplinary collaborations within or between organisations. These collaborations do not need to include life sciences researchers.
In your proposal, you must:
include researchers from at least two different scientific disciplines
include at least one researcher from a discipline outside life sciences, such as (but not limited to) engineering, physical science or data science
describe the added value of the collaboration, and tell us why the outcome(s) of your work will be unique and only achievable through this approach.
We also encourage partnerships between not-for-profit and commercial organisations. We expect most commercial organisations that partner not-for-profit organisations to provide in-kind contributions in addition to Wellcome’s funding.
If your proposal is successful and involves collaborators or partnerships, you must all enter into an agreement stating:
who will own any IP that arises from this award
the necessary background IP licences
how you plan to protect, maintain and commercialise Wellcome-funded IP.