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International Development Research @ Cambridge


Wellcome Trust (WT) Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.

You can apply for an Investigator Award if you're an independent researcher with a compelling research vision who wants to tackle the most important questions in your field.

These awards are also open to joint applications from two researchers whose complementary expertise is essential to deliver their shared vision.

Career stage: Leading a research programme in basic, clinical or public health research.


Researchers based int the UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India)

Level of funding

Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Flexible duration, up to 7 years. Salary is not provided under this award scheme.

Special requirements

You must provide a statement of support and commitment from your host organisation with your application. The statement should come from the most senior person in the relevant faculty, school or division at your host organisation.


For full details of the grant scheme please see the WT website.



Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Contribute to Cambridge's response to COVID-19 in developing countries

Join working groups that invite your collaboration, create a new working group and learn about available funding opportunities here.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges and to the SRI's mailing list here.


Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


Contact us

Programme Manager (Dr Sara Serradas Duarte):​.