Seed Funding

The Seed Funding schemes include Catalyst - Excellence and Innovation awards and Feasibilty Schemes with a particular emphasis on omics projects.

Funding Opportunities

Catalyst - Excellence and Innovation

We will aim to run another call in Spring 2021.



This fund is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund, and is to provide researchers with an opportunity to apply for seed funding to kick start innovative new research projects. Projects should show demonstrable potential for securing funding leverage. This scheme is not for continued funding of existing projects. Researchers can apply for a maximum of £50,000. We expect to award between 1-3 grants in this call.

Projects must focus on the development of new tools and/or methods for omics, or analysis capabilities, or have an omics component.

Wellcome has shown a strong desire to fund the medical humanities through ISSF. We are also particularly interested in projects with a clear biomedical theme that exploits capability within the College of Arts.

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.



  • The lead PI must be an MVLS researcher.
  • The lead PI must have at least 3 years post-PhD viva research experience (from the 31st October 2018);
  • AND has been awarded significant external funding (i.e. will not be eligible for ECR Catalyst call).
  • Staff must have 12 months remaining on their contract/current funding, once the funding decision has been approved (this is not a bridging funding scheme).
  • Salary funding for the applicant is not eligible in this scheme. Salary funding can be applied for technical specialists and/or informatics support where justified, though it is envisioned this will be though buyout of e.g. an institute technician or technical specialist.
  • Co-applicants do not have to be MVLS researchers or ECR. You do not require a co-applicant.



You must complete a reporting form once you have completed your project. You will be contacted when this is required.

Feasibility Scheme




This fund is supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), and is to provide researchers with funding to conduct omics feasibility studies in collaboration with Glasgow Polyomics, with the intention that this will lead to a larger grant submission or Ref returnable 4* paper. Researchers can apply for a maximum of £5,000.



  • You must be an MVLS researcher, in exceptional circumstances this may be waived. Please contact the ISSF administration prior to submission if you are not from MVLS.
  • PhD students, Research Associates and Lecturers/Fellows (and above) are eligible to apply for this scheme. We welcome applications from early career researchers.
  • Your project must be completed in 12 months otherwise the funds will be recycled.
  • This award covers the cost of running an omics experiment and associated data analysis at Glasgow Polyomics.
  • This award does not cover lab consumables cost, salary, travel costs, carer costs, conference attendance. Consumables to prepare samples must be covered by the applicant.
  • This call does not replace the Catalyst Grant schemes.
  • If you are already an ISSF grant recipient, you may apply again, but it must be for a completely different project. It is unlikely you will be awarded two Feasibility Awards.


Submitting Your Application

  • This is a responsive mode award (i.e. there is no deadline – submit when you are ready).
  • Please download the Feasibility Form.
  • Please submit your application (as a single PDF file) to 
  • Costings from Glasgow Polyomics can be obtained via email or the Glasgow Polyomics website. 
  • You must provide evidence of your Polyomics quote in your application.



  • Potential of the candidate to deliver REF-returnable research outputs.
  • Potential of the candidate to secure external funding.
  • Quality of the project in terms of feasibility, novelty, and scientific interest.


Notification of Outcome

Successful applications will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the ISSF team receiving the application.


Payment of Funds

Funds will be held by the ISSF administration and transferred to Glasgow Polyomics upon completion of the work.

If your project is not completed within 12 months of notification of award, the funds will be recycled. You will be required to sign an agreement to this effect.



You must provide the ISSF administration with project updates and outcomes when requested for reporting purposes. If this project leads to a published article, or leverages grant funding, please contact the ISSF administration to make them aware.