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Wellcome Trust Awards

Wellcome Trust Awards

Newcastle University holds two awards from the Wellcome Trust to support our research.

Our Faculty holds two Wellcome Trust awards:

Newcastle Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership

The Newcastle Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership (WTTP) enhances Newcastle University’s translational activities. It does this in the “invention to proof of concept” landscape. Researchers gain mentorship, support and expertise to advance scientific discoveries towards real-world impact.

The partnership is arranged around four strategic themes:

  • promoting translational engagement, mentorship and development as part of our Translational Explorer Portfolio
  • using strategic funds to support translational activities
  • extending our network and portfolio of partners to provide expertise to projects
  • enhancing our institutional translational readiness

We announce funding calls periodically. Support for mentorship and external engagement is available through the Translational Explorer Portfolio. This is available at all times.

For information email Dr Emma Campbell, Early Translational Research Funding Development Manager, or Dr Dale Athey, Senior Translator in Residence.

Early Translational Funding

The funding supports projects to overcome problems in the translation pathway. This will enable projects to access the next stage of research and funding. The intention is not to fund an entire project to adoption in a clinical or commercial setting.

The partnership will support a broad range of activities to enable translational research. Examples of eligible activity include, but are not limited to:

  • laboratory studies to gather data on project feasibility
  • analysis of data and application of statistics to develop translational opportunities
  • development of policy and implementation of best practices

Eligibility, funding and deadlines

Applications are open to Newcastle University staff and honorary staff members. In a change to previous rounds, applicants DO NOT require previous Wellcome Trust funding to be eligible for the scheme.

Funding for up to £10k is available and projects are expected to last up to 6 months. 

The closing date for this current round of funding is the 12 July 2021.

Please see further details in the call guidance and the application form below.  

If you want to discuss this funding further, please email Dr Emma Campbell.

Funding Guidance (PDF:641KB)

Application Form (WORD:30KB) 

Translational Explorer Scheme  

The Translational Explorer Scheme is a discovery programme that allows researchers to take time away from conducting research to explore the validity of a translational idea or to develop skills through secondments or placements that enables the translation of research. Working alongside a Translator in Residence, the Translational Explorer will investigate the market opportunity, regulatory environment and intellectual property landscape to devise a strategy for taking their translational project forward. The Translational Explorer will also have access to training based on their individual needs. 

Eligibility, funding and deadlines

Applications are open to early career researchers in collaboration with their supervisors. Projects are expected to be at an early stage of translation, be within the remit of the Wellcome Trust and can be either a clinical or commercial exploration or secondment/ placement activity.

Funding up to £10k is available for salary support and/or to cover the costs of travel, subsistence and accommodation for secondments and placements. Projects are expected to last up to three months full time but can be taken on a part-time basis.  

Applications for this scheme are open all year round. Please see further details in the call guidance and in the application form below and if you are interested please email Emma Campbell, Research Funding Development Manager.

Guidance Document (PDF:612KB)

Application Form (WORD:55KB)

Institutional Strategic Support Fund

We benefit hugely from this flexible funding which is used to invest and promote areas of strategic importance.

Wellcome provides a funding allocation which is matched by the University. Our faculty uses this to fund a number of key internally administered schemes. 

A key area is in providing support for our Research Fellowship scheme.