This one-off call provides funding for software developers from any career stage and discipline to develop digital tools that will improve climate-sensitive infectious disease modelling. By the end of the award, successful applicants will have delivered a piece of open-source digital technology that will increase the impact of research in addressing this threat to health.
Where your host organisation is based: Anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China)
Level of funding: Up to £500,000 for research expenses, including salaries
Duration of funding: Up to 5 years. We expect development of the tool to take place in the early part of the award. Later years will be used for maintenance of the software.
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You can apply as an individual or as a team.
You or your team must have:
You do not need to be from an information technology (IT) background to apply. Where the term ‘software developer’ is used, we include any individual who has experience of creating software-based tools and technologies.
You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and experience of open-source software development (see assessment criteria below for more details).
During the award we expect you to:
At the point you submit your application, you must have:
If you are applying as part of a team, you must demonstrate that both of these attributes are represented in your group.
You can apply at any career stage. The lead applicant must be able to dedicate at least 10% of their time annually to the project.
You can apply if you’ve spent time away from formal employment (for example a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave). We’ll take this into consideration when we review your application.
Your experience and that of your co-applicants and named contributors will be assessed in the context of the proposed work.
You should be able to demonstrate:
In your application, you should provide details of your contributions both within the formal academic landscape (for example papers, citable codebases), and outside of it (for example, professional experience of software development, deployment, and maintenance).
By the end of the award, you should have developed a piece of sustainable, open-source, digital technology that advances the field of climate-sensitive infectious disease modelling.
You must be based at an eligible host organisation anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China).
It can be a:
You should choose an environment that provides you with the appropriate training, resources and experience to deliver your project and develop your own skills and identity.
We will review your research proposal, skills and experience, strategic alignment and fit to scope, along with commitment to equity and sustainability.
We will review the strategic alignment with Wellcome’s ambitions in climate and health and infectious diseases. You must engage with each of the following key points from the strategies when writing your application:
We will also assess your proposal’s relevance to the scope of the call. Data collection justified as necessary for development or validation of a piece of technology will be considered but should represent less than 30% of the total grant value.
For example, hypothesis-driven data collection without accompanying software development would be out of scope, but a tool to improve data collection necessary for improving modelling with a small feasibility testing component would be within scope. Similarly, implementation of an early warning system (EWS) would be out of scope, but a generic suite of visualisations for EWS developers, that has been co-developed with policymakers to ensure outputs are easily understandable and provide actionable intelligence, would be within scope.
We’ll look for evidence that you are prepared to address any challenges around combining infectious diseases data with climate data, such as data quality, spatial and temporal scales, and lack of representation.
We will review:
Evidence of these areas of expertise is not limited to publications. You should be creative in what you choose to reference to support your application.
We will review:
You will also be expected to agree to our open-source grant conditions [PDF 94KB].
You must be based at an eligible organisation that can sign up to our grant conditions.
We expect organisations based in the UK to meet the responsibilities required by the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers for institutions, managers and researchers.
Any organisation with Wellcome funding that is based outside the UK is expected, at a minimum, to follow the principles of the Concordat.
We also expect your host organisation to:
If your host organisation is a core-funded research organisation, this Award should not replace or lead to a reduction in existing or planned core support.
A Wellcome Digital Technology Development Award provides up to a maximum of £500,000 to cover research expenses, including salaries where required.
The award usually lasts for 5 years but may be shorter at the applicant’s discretion. Our goal is to support the initial maintenance years of tools that are created through the award.
You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s justifiable for your proposed research. You must justify all costs within the costs section of your application.
See ‘Other costs’ for the costs we will and will not provide.
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You should read our report: Landscape mapping of software tools for climate-sensitive infectious disease modelling.
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You do not need to contact us before you write and submit your application.2. Submit your application to the host organisation
Complete your application form on Grant Tracker.
View the sample application form [PDF 228KB].
Submit it to the authorised organisational approver at your host organisation for approval. Make sure you leave enough time for the approver to review and submit your application before the deadline. The approver may ask you to make changes to your application.
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Your application must be submitted by 31 March 2022, 17:00 (BST).
Wellcome staff will review your application for eligibility, strategic alignment to Wellcome’s ambitions and relevance to the scope of the call. If shortlisted, your application will be sent for expert review.
No feedback will be offered if your application is not shortlisted due to the quantity of applications that we expect to receive.
We’ll seek external written expert review on shortlisted applications. Expert reviewers will assess the competitiveness of the proposal, applicant and/or team, and equity and sustainability.
Reviewers will be chosen based on their expertise within the relevant research field and not on their level of seniority.
Unattributed comments will be sent to you after the final funding decisions are made.
A panel will assess the proposals and expert review comments and make funding recommendations to Wellcome.
We will publish membership details in spring.
You will receive an email notification of the funding decision soon after the decision has been made.
We will provide written feedback to all applicants who are shortlisted but are unsuccessful at the final decision stage.
If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, we can support you with the application process.
ou must submit your application by 17:00 (BST) on the deadline day. We don’t accept late applications.
This will be the only funding round.
If you have a question about how to complete the application form using Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker, please contact our Grant Information Advisers:
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We do not answer questions about the scope or competitiveness of proposals.
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