The Wellcome Trust’s Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science enable researchers to develop innovative ideas to the point where they can be competitive for a larger award, such as from the Trust or other funders. The funding will support research in any field of the humanities and social sciences that can enrich understanding of human and animal health, with encouragement given to new approaches and collaborations.
The flexible and exploratory nature of the Seed Awards gives researchers the scope to use bold or innovative methodologies and conduct a broad range of possible activities, from pilot and scoping studies to planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks.
The current funding round is on the theme of regulation and health, and interdisciplinary research proposals are encouraged.
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent professional experience and be based at an eligible host organisation in the UK, Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (although collaborators can be based elsewhere).
Awards are usually in the range of £25,000 to £50,000. However, for themed calls, proposals up to £100,000 are considered. All costs must be fully justified. Most awards are for six to twelve months.
The next deadline for applications is 5 October 2017, with more information available online.