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Carer Support funding


The overall aim of this fund is to support academic staff with caring responsibilities whose career development has been adversely affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The support includes funds towards 1) training and courses for career development 2) travel and accommodation directly linked to the attendance of workshops and events 3) expenses related to care support.

Awards will be made based on the applicant's level of need up to a maximum of £700 per award, with a maximum of 20 awards available.

Note that all successful applicants must spend their funding by 31 Dec 2022. 



1) Your research must sit within the Wellcome Trust funding strategies and remits:

Biomedical science

Population health

Product development and applied research

Humanities and social science

Public engagement and creative industries


2) You have caring responsibilities for a child (children) or other adult(s)


How to apply

An expression of interest is requested for anyone who wants to apply for this funding and has not submitted their applications. please complete the EOI form via

Deadline for expression of interest: 15 January 2022

To apply, please download and complete the application form: Carer support funding application form (Word)

Deadline for applications: on a rolling basis until all awards are allocated. 


Data Protection Policy

By completing the application form, you give us consent to collect and store your personal data for evaluation purposes. Your personal data will be stored securely with access limited to specified University of Exeter staff involved in processing your application or managing the application process, unless you have given your consent to share information with a third party. Your personal data will be stored in accordance with the University's Data Protection Policy. In addition, we will use your anonymised data to monitor and evaluate the take up, efficacy and impact of the fund. These findings may be externally reported, for example, to meet regulatory requirements of our funder, Wellcome Trust.


Reporting requirement

The successful applicants will be contacted by TREE Project Manager in due course for a report briefing how the fund has been used and what improvements they have made in their professional development by using this award.

If you have any enquiries, please contact TREE (


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBTQI+ and BAME communities, to apply for this funding.