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Wellcome Trust February 2015
Funding Newsletter
Collaborative and Portfolio Awards now open
Collaborative and Portfolio Awards now open
Collaborative Awards provide groups of researchers with the support to pursue important research questions where a collaborative team effort is required. The scheme provides flexible funding for large-scale cross-disciplinary research led by multiple researchers. Collaborative Awards are available across our funding portfolio in science, medical humanities and society and ethics. Portfolio Awards will support collaborative research and technology development by funding programmes which require a portfolio of projects to deliver leading-edge innovations in healthcare.
Grant funding data
Grant funding data
We have recently updated our website to provide up-to-date data on our grant funding activities, including the number and value of awards in our active grant portfolio, annual grant expenditure, and annual application numbers, award numbers and award rates. A list of all grants awarded in our most recent financial year is also now available on these pages.
New grants system
New grants system
From May 2015 we will be introducing our new
application and grant management system across all of our grant schemes. This will change how your grant applications are submitted and reviewed. Find out more.
The Hub: where great ideas can come together
The Hub: where great ideas can come together
The Hub Award provides resources and a stimulating space for researchers and other creative minds to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project linked to the Trust’s vision of improving health.
Find out moreor sign up to attend an open day in The Hub space. The closing date for preliminary applications is 1 May 2015.
International Engagement Awards: community engagement with health
International Engagement Awards: community engagement with health
We support projects that bridge the gap between the research community and the public, with the aim to facilitate discussion and insightful sharing of views that has benefit for everyone involved. See examples of funded projects in Vietnam, Malawi, India and South Africa. The next deadline for expressions of interest is 27 February 2015. Find out more.
FORTHCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES
25 February 2015 Seed Awards in Science
27 February 2015 Seed Awards in Society and Ethics
27 February 2015 Seed Awards in Medical Humanities
2 March 2015 Master’s Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
16 March 2015 Starter grants for clinical lecturers
10 April 2015 Research Training Fellowships
17 April 2015
(preliminary applications)
Sir Henry Dale Fellowships
17 April 2015
(preliminary applications)
Research Career Development Fellowships
29 April 2015
(preliminary applications)
Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
29 April 2015
(preliminary applications)
Intermediate Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1 May 2015 Small Arts Awards
8 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science
8 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science
8 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Senior Research Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine
15 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships
15 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Research Career Re-entry Fellowships
18 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships for Clinicians
18 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Intermediate Clinical Fellowships
20 May 2015
(preliminary applications)
Collaborative Awards in Science
22 May 2015 People Awards
See more information on all scheme deadlines in the biomedical sciences, medical history and humanities and society and ethics.
GRANT-RELATED UPDATES
Ebola activity
We are helping tackle the Ebola crisis in the worst-affected areas in West Africa, and supporting research into techniques, treatments, and vaccinations that could help stop the spread of this deadly virus. The Ebola Research Database (hosted by the UKCDS) contains information on all current academic research, including currently funded Wellcome Trust activities, relevant to Ebola that the UKCDS or the Trust have been informed about. The purpose of the database is to support alignment between research funders in order to reduce undue duplication and help develop complementary activities where enhanced effort is required.

The database aims to capture research projects that have been launched in direct response to the West African Ebola outbreak but will not seek to represent ongoing research in Ebola or West Africa more generally. It is designed to capture information at the specific research project level, within funding calls.

Latest round of Investigator Awards
Details of the Investigator Awards funded in the December 2014 round are now available.
Free public engagement resources for researchers
Do you want to inspire learning or involve the public in your research? Whether you’re just getting started or have a lot of experience in engaging the public, we have refreshed our information and tools to help you develop your public engagement plans.

Many of our researchers have asked for support in this area, so we hope these new resources will help you think through the why, who and how of engaging with the public to create an approach that’s relevant to you and your research. These resources complement our dedicated funding: you’re encouraged to apply for a supplement to your research award for your public engagement plans.

OTHER UPDATES
Help us ensure a positive outcome for research in the EU Data Protection Regulation
Since the European Commission published a proposal for a Data Protection Regulation three years ago, we’ve been working hard to ensure that this new law will support the use of personal data in research. Over 100 organisations from across the EU have signed a statement setting out our concerns that amendments could have a devastating impact on research. Now we’d like you to join our new campaign to ensure that researchers’ voices are heard. Follow the campaign on Twitter @datamattersEU and contact Beth Thompson, b.thompson@wellcome.ac.uk, for more information on how to take part.
Content mining workshop: 13-14 April
Content mining technologies (also referred to as text and data mining) hold much potential for increasing the discovery and reuse of research as well as generating novel scientific discoveries through automated searching, indexing and analysing the scientific literature.

To educate and engage researchers who are interested in using these technologies, the Wellcome Trust in partnership with ContentMine is organising a free two-day workshop on this topic on 13-14 April 2015, to be held at the Trust. Find out more and book a place.

Wellcome Trust Researcher Spotlight
Dr Daniel Streicker is a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the University of Glasgow. His research looks at the way that pathogens are transmitted between species. In our latest Researcher Spotlight, he shares his passion for his work, and some great advice from his former lab.
Wellcome Trust Research Round-up
Our Research Round-ups bring you the latest outputs of the research we fund. The developments covered this month include: how a vaccine in Malawi has significantly reduced the number of hospital admissions of young children with severe diarrhoea; a study of how many women could benefit from mitochondrial donation; and newly revealed differences in developing male and female brains in the womb. Find out more.
Mosaic: Voices in the dark
What’s it like to hear voices? Are they hallucinations or a normal human experience? In this Mosaic audio story, Chris Chapman explores what they are, why they happen and how they are being understood. Listen now.

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