SeedAwards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source.

Their exploratory nature gives scope for the use of bold or innovative methodologies, and a broad range of possible activities; from pilot and scoping studies, to preliminary data gathering and proof-of-principle studies, to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. They are not intended to fund discrete projects with no follow-on plans.

Seed Awards are worth up to £100,000 and are normally for up to two years. They can provide funding for the direct costs of carrying out the research, including:

Awards are not intended to serve as short-term fellowships or to provide bridge funding. They cannot be used to pay your personal salary costs.

To be eligible, you must:

  • hold an appointment at an eligible institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country for the duration of the award;
  • receive personal salary support from your host institution, which must not come from Wellcome Trust funding (e.g. Institutional Strategic Award Fund);
  • not hold a personal award (e.g. a fellowship or Investigator Award) or substantive other funding (e.g. project or programme grant) from the Wellcome Trust or any other major funder.

You can hold a Seed Award once in your career.

Applications are considered three times a year. Details of the first round:

  • Application closing date: 25 February 2015
  • Review by Expert Review Group: April-May 2015

More details: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/Seed-Awards/index.htm