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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Support for research and scholarship in biomedical ethics in developing and restructuring countries

The Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics funding programme supports research and discussion on the ethical, social and cultural issues raised at every stage in the development and delivery of human and animal healthcare in developing and restructuring countries. This includes ethical issues arising from biomedical research, the translation of research into practice, clinical care, and public health and policy. We also aim to contribute to capacity development in these fields.

Who do we fund?
Funding is open to a wide range of applicants including, but not limited to - philosophers, social scientists, lawyers, scientists, health professionals, and theologians.

Full details of who can apply can be found on our website (see links below).

What do we fund?
Funding schemes available in this area include (click on each scheme for full details of who can apply, application deadlines and the application process):

Research travel grants
Support to enable researchers to get together for the purposes of collaborative research in biomedical ethics.

Support for seminars and similar initiatives that address the need to build capacity to conduct research in biomedical ethics or involving scholarly discussion of issues in biomedical ethics.

Small project grants
Support for pilot or feasibility studies.

Project grants
Support for more substantial research projects.

Research studentships
Basic training in research and methods leading to a doctoral degree in a low/middle income country or the UK/Republic of Ireland.

For a full list of eligible countries, visit

Examples of projects we have funded in the past can be found on our website.

To find out more about this programme, or to discuss a project idea, please contact the Biomedical Ethics team:

Biomedical Ethics
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T 44 (0)207 611 8536
F 44 (0)207 611 8254

In addition to the Biomedical Ethics funding programme, we fund a wide range of activities in research for health in developing and restructuring countries:

- Public health, clinical and tropical medicine research
- Career support and training
- Capacity strengthening
- Public engagement

For more information about these funding areas visit

The Wellcome Trust ( is a charity registered in
England, no. 210183. Its sole trustee is The Wellcome Trust Limited, a company registered in England, no. 2711000, whose registered office is at 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK. 

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