University of Nottingham establishes Wellcome Academy


November 12th, 2019

The University of Nottingham has established the UoN Wellcome Academy to provide extra support and guidance for potential applicants for research funding.

The Wellcome Trust funds a broad range of health-related research, including humanities and social sciences Their funding schemes cover all career stages, from early career fellowships to major Collaborative Awards in Science of up to £4m. A brief summary of the available calls can be found on the Academy’s SharePoint site (UoN only).

The additional support includes a rapid ‘sense check’ for initial ideas to ensure eligibility, fit with overall remit, and with the priorities of the target  scheme. Support will also involve introductions to relevant programme officers at Wellcome to discuss ideas, and internal reviews of draft applications from colleagues with direct experience of Wellcome. This will sit alongside existing School/Faculty support.

Pru Hobson-West (School of Sociology and Social Policy) will be the academic lead for the Academy, supported by Adam Golberg (Research Development Manager – Charities) and a broader pool of senior researchers with Wellcome experience. Pru has successfully completed a Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship; supervised Wellcome funded postgraduate students; served on Wellcome interview committees; and is currently co-investigator on a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Social Sciences.

For more information about Wellcome, the support available, or to discuss a health related-research idea that requires funding, please contact Adam Golberg. Or see the UoN Wellcome Academy SharePoint site.

The University will also be hosting a visit from Andrew Welchman, Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust, on Monday 10th February 2020. The visit will include an overview presentation of the Wellcome Trust and their schemes. Details to follow once a full schedule for the day is confirmed.

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