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Seed corn funding

‌ R9 Seed corn application 2021


The Information Event for the next round of Seed corns will take place online, Tuesday 5 October 2021 from 10.30am.

Please complete this form if you would like to attend:

For round 9 of the Wellcome Trust Seed Corn Funding applications of £10k are standard, but we are opening up the opportunity for an increased amount up to a maximum value of £20k in exceptional circumstances and with full justification. These grants are awarded to support novel multidisciplinary research collaborations at the interface between quantitative disciplines and biology, biomedicine and clinical research.

The aim of this fund is to support outstanding research within the remit of the Wellcome Trust that will enable the University to strategically advance research in these areas. This funding is open to all University of Exeter research staff, across all disciplines. If you are on a fixed term contract please contact to discuss. To ensure that these projects are interdisciplinary, we would expect the PI and at least one Co-I to be from different research disciplines. We appreciate that sometimes individual researchers can span multiple disciplines, so please get in touch with us if you are not sure whether your project team meets this requirement. PhD students are not eligible for seed corn funding, but can apply for secondments.

A critical component of applications to this scheme will be the involvement of one or more of the Centre Research Fellows.

Projects may be paired with a Secondee - a University researcher who will work with a Centre Research Fellow on the project.  For relevant projects, we encourage the involvement of clinicians in both the project development, and application process.

Seed corn format

  • Seed corn projects will run for 6 months. (Multiple projects run alongside each other).
  • We encourage all groups to involve the public in the development and evaluation of their work.
  • We will hold an online event at the beginning of the project - an incubator event. Clear objectives will be agreed by the project group with input from key UoE teams, and budgets signed off.
  • At the end of the seed corn project, we will hold an event to share outcomes.
  • All groups must notify the centre of long-term outputs (for example: funding applications, publications, datasets).

Current funding call 

The timetable for our lastest round of our seed corn funding is below.


Information event 5th October 2021
Opening date for applications 6th October 2021
Closing date for applications 17th November 2021
Shortlisting Week beginning 22 November 2021
Notification of awards Week beginning 6 December 2021
Incubator event 18th and 19th January 2022
Projects start 1st February 2022

For general queries, please contact Ivana Gudelj (

Seed corn 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 phrase: '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. The University has Wellcome Trust funding to support open access publishing costs.
  • 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.
  • Award holders agree to attend a final presentation, and provide ongoing updates after project close reporting: 
    • how funds have been used
    • details of any publications
    • the outcomes of the activity and the extent to which the proposed aims have been achieved
    • the future plans the investigators have for developing the research further
    • how the funding has led, or will lead, to an application to an external funder

Public engagement

For more information on public engagement activities for your seed corn applications, please look through our guidance document: Seed corn Public Engagement Guidance 2020 or contact