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Pump-Priming Initiative

Wellcome ISSF funded TREE are delighted to reopen the pump-priming initiative to accept new applications until 2nd September 2022. We’d like to encourage everyone interested to put an application in. The maximum length of the project will be 6 months and the proposed end date of the project can’t go beyond 31st March 2023. Note that we will aim to get back to you with the application result within 2 weeks after the deadline passes and each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 


TREE is delighted to launch a new pump priming initiative to support interdisciplinary research within Wellcome Trust ISSF funding remit, at the interface between quantitative sciences and biological, biomedical and clinical sciences.

The specific types of activities this funding can be used for are listed below:

Activity 1: Generation of pilot or preliminary data for grant applications and/or extension of ECRs’ contracts to help them with future’s independent fellowship applications.

Note: If you plan to use the funds to extend ECRs’ contract, the ECR needs to be the main applicant (PI) of the proposed project for this funding initiative. 

Activity 2: Public engagement and involvement activities which are liked to a project within Wellcome Trust remit (

If your project involves only one of the above activities, please choose the corresponding application forms to fill out. If your project involves both activities, please complete the multiple activities application form.

TREE application form_Activity 1

TREE application form_Activity 2

TREE application form_Multiple activities

Size of award: We are able to fund up to £30k per project for activity 1, maximum £10k per project for activity 2 and maximum £40k per project for multiple activities.

Application deadline: first come first serve basis, until all funds are allocated. We aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within one month of submission.

Duration: Please note the standard project duration is 6 months with the possibility of your project being granted a no cost extension beyond this time. However, all projects will have to be completed by 31st March 2023 at the very latest. 

Reporting requirements:

  • Acknowledging Wellcome Trust: To assist the Trust in tracking the outputs of research to which it has contributed, either wholly or in part, the Trust’s contributions must be acknowledged in all publications by using the following statement: 'This work was generously supported by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Award (WT105618MA).
  • Funding must be used in line with the conditions of funding of the Wellcome Trust. This includes adhering to the Trust’s policy on open access. To find out more details about WT open access policy, please click the link:
  • When submitting your findings for publication an affiliation to the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter, University of Exeter should be included.
  • The ISSF project manager will contact award holders on a monthly basis to monitor progress.
  • All award holders must provide ISSF project manager with an end of project report detailing how funds have been used, details of publications, outcomes of activities, the extent to which the proposed aims have been achieved, and any future plans arising from this work.

Further inforamtion and queries

If you require any further information please contact