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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which schemes can I apply for?

A full list of Trust grant schemes covered by the Partnership is listed on the Wellcome Trust Site.

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Application-information/WTX062869.htm 

Each of these schemes has different eligibility criteria, which are listed on the Trust’s website. Eligibility may be affected by, for example, the type of employment contract you hold or the length of time you have been involved in research.

Q. Will funds be ring-fenced by the Wellcome Trust for awards under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership?

No; applications from the Republic of Ireland will be considered in competition with applications from other countries (including the UK) that are eligible to apply.

Q. Can I apply for an award under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership if I have previously received an award from the Wellcome Trust?

Yes.

Q. Will the Wellcome Trust, SFI and the HRB share information about my application?

Yes; where an application is made under the Partnership, the Trust may share some or all of the information within this application, on a confidential basis, with SFI and the HRB. By submitting an application to the Trust, an applicant from the Republic of Ireland accepts that the Trust has the right to share information with SFI and the HRB in this way, without the need to obtain any further consent.

Q. If my application is successful, from which agency will the funding be awarded?

Awards under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership will be made by the Wellcome Trust to the awardees’ host institution. Eligible research bodies are those deemed as such by the HRB and SFI. The grant award will be subject to and administered in accordance with the Trust’s grant conditions.

Q. Which agency will manage the award?

The Wellcome Trust will manage all awards made under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership. Contact points within SFI and the HRB will also be available for assistance with queries at contact(at)wellcome-ireland.com

Q. Will the progress of awards made under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership be formally reviewed?

Yes; grants will be formally reviewed by the Wellcome Trust. SFI and the HRB will be informed of the review outcomes as deemed appropriate.

Q. Can I hold more than one award under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership at one time?

This may be possible, depending on the type of grant.  In the case of certain current large awards, applicants may be requested to justify and explain how they would propose to manage multiple work programmes.

Q. Will the progress and outputs of my previous awards from SFI, the HRB or the Wellcome Trust be considered when my application for an award under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership is being assessed?

Yes; SFI, the HRB and the Wellcome Trust will exchange information regarding the outcome of previous awards where it is considered appropriate.

Q. How many applications under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership can I submit?

Applicants may have only one application per award category (e.g. Fellowships, Investigator Awards, Seed Awards, Collaborative Awards) under review at any time (including the stage of expression of interest for PRFs.

Q. If my application is declined following full review at the Wellcome Trust, can I reapply?

Applicants declined for funding following full review of their application at the Wellcome Trust may reapply according to the eligibility criteria specific to the Trust funding scheme applied for. PRF, Strategic Award or Collaborative applicants, who are declined a letter of endorsement from SFI and the HRB, may resubmit after 12 months of the date of the decision (unless notified otherwise).

Q. How do I apply for an Investigator Award?

Investigator Award applications should be submitted directly to the Wellcome Trust as per instructions on the website (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/).

Q. Can an applicant on a short-term contract apply for an Investigator Award?

Yes; however the host institution must be willing to offer a contract of indefinite duration if the application is successful.

Q. How do I apply for a Fellowship Award (other than Principal Research Fellowship)?

Fellowship Award applications should be submitted directly to the Wellcome Trust as per instructions on the website (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/).

Q. How do I apply for a Principal Research Fellowship?

Prospective Principal Research Fellowship candidates should contact SFI or the HRB to discuss the requirements for the scheme.  Following these discussions, prospective Principal Fellowship candidates should submit a concise expression of interest for endorsement (5 pages maximum) to SFI/HRB. This will include:

  • Brief CV & track record of achievements, which substantiates the candidate’s suitability for a PRF;
  • Research programme outline & how it will develop within the proposed host institution;
  • Justification of the strategic alignment of the candidate’s research focus with that of the proposed host institution, including the expertise gap to be addressed;
  • Explanation of the relevance of the research programme to the strategic ambitions of SFI, and/or the HRB, and the Wellcome Trust, as laid out in their respective Strategic Plans;
  • Letter of support from the proposed host institution.

In addition, applicants are advised to consult with the Trust at an early stage of the process for informal advice.

Q. How do I apply for a Collaborative Award?

Collaborative Awards provide flexible support to excellent groups of independent researchers with outstanding track records. Proposals must address important scientific problems that can only be achieved through a collaborative team effort. Although, the Trust encourage applications which propose to carry out interdisciplinary research across their Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Innovations funding, the SFI-HRB partnership only supports applications for Collaborative Awards under the Science division.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Wellcome Trust at an early stage of the process for informal advice.

In addition, for financial forecasting purposes, applicants must contact the HRB and/or SFI after the Wellcome Trust’s preliminary application deadline date for a given round by submitting their preliminary application form (latest version from the Wellcome Trust). The preliminary application should be submitted via email to contact(at)wellcome-ireland.com and the host institution copied on the email.

Q. How will my application be assessed?

Information on the review process, decision-making bodies and the assessment criteria is provided for each scheme on the Trust’s website (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/).

Q. In the case of PRFs, how will my expression of interest be evaluated?

Expressions of interest will be evaluated internally by the SFI/HRB Joint Executive Committee, and externally as deemed appropriate.

Q. What is the deadline for applications made under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership?

Fellowship applications (except PRFs) should be submitted directly to the Trust according to the deadlines indicated on the Trust website for the specific scheme applied for. Endorsed applications for Principal Research Fellowships will be accepted by the Trust on a rolling basis. Applications for Collaborative Awards and Investigator Awards should be submitted directly to the Trust according to the deadlines indicated on the Trust website.

Q. How long does the application and review process take?

Specific details on the application and review processes for Fellowship (except PRFs) and Investigator Award schemes are available on the Trust’s website (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/). The entire application and review process, including application for endorsement, for Principal Research Fellowships is likely to take at least 18 months.

Q. In the case of PRFs, will relocations from the UK to Ireland be considered?

Principal Research Fellowships are particularly suitable for exceptional senior research scientists, currently based overseas, who wish to work in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Where a prospective PRF candidate holds an established post in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, he/she will be required to make a strong case to justify the requested relocation. This justification should be explicit in the expression of interest for endorsement from SFI/HRB.

Q. Will the Wellcome Trust pay overheads under the Partnership? What about pension contributions and VAT?

No; Overheads will not be covered by the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership. VAT and pension arrangements will adhere to Wellcome Trust policies.

Q. What is the IP policy related to the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership?

The Wellcome Trust’s policy on intellectual property and patenting will apply.

Q. Can I move my grant to another host institution during the lifetime of the award?

Grant holders who wish to transfer their grant from one institution to another should first contact the Trust to discuss their proposal.

Q. Can the same or similar proposal be concurrently under review for schemes under the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership, and those of SFI or the HRB?

In certain circumstances, the Trust will accept applications that are concurrently under review with other funding bodies. However, the Trust advises prospective applicants to contact them directly in advance of submitting any application to confirm the restrictions if any. Where an application under review by the Wellcome Trust is subsequently submitted for review under SFI or HRB funding schemes, SFI/HRB will inform the Trust.

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