Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science

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Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science

The Wellcome Trust is delighted to announce WT Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science. Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. The award is open to the research teams from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Low-or middle-income countries.

This Wellcome Trust award aims to support large collaborative research projects of teams with outstanding research track records (usually 2-6 PI/Co-Is with the track record of collaboration). Funding is available for anything that a team might require in terms of research expenses and support.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Research teams from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Low-or middle-income countries.
  • You can apply for a Collaborative Award if you have a team of two to six principal applicants.
  • Each applicant should have a good track record in their area of research, relative to their career stage.
  • They can be from the same university department or a number of organizations (anywhere in the world).

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker


  • Each applicant must be essential to the proposed collaborative research and have:
    • Proven research expertise and experience in their field.
    • An academic or research post (or equivalent).
    • A salary for the duration of the award period. If this is not in place, your employing organization must provide a guarantee of salary support for the duration of the award.
  • Members of the team must have proven experience in collaborative research and consist of independent research groups.
  • Team size will depend on the proposed research, but should generally have more than two applicants, and no more than seven.
  • Teams may be based in the same or in different organizations and must bring different expertise or disciplines to the research question.
  • Applicants should usually be based at eligible organizations in the UK, Republic of Ireland, or low- or middle-income countries.
  • However, they can make exceptions for projects that need specific expertise or resources provided by team members based in other countries.
  • Career stage: Leading a research programme, Returning to research


  • A Collaborative Award is normally in the range of £1 million to £1.5 million, for up to five years.
  • Applicants should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s justifiable for your career stage, research experience, and the proposed research programme. Support includes:
    • Research expenses, including research assistance or PhDs
    • Research/teaching replacement
    • Conference and meeting costs
  • Applicants can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is July 4, 2018.

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