Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 23 June 2022

About the In Utero program

How many awards will be funded?

There are no pre-set number of awards.

How much is each individual award?

Award amounts will be dependent on specific proposals and work selected for funding.

Is the Program open to applicants from outside the United States and UK?

Yes, it is open to applicants around the world.

Is the Program open to applicants who are not a part of the Wellcome Leap Health Breakthrough Network?

Yes, it is open to all applicants. Should your proposal be selected for funding, as the first step of putting in place a contract, the PI’s organization will need to sign the Master Academic Research Funding Agreement (MARFA) or Commercial Research Funding Agreement (CORFA). Please see the Master Research Funding Agreement page for more information and learn how to become a member.

What is the working model or program structure of Wellcome Leap programs?

Performers are from universities and research institutions: small, medium and large companies (including venture-backed); and government or non-profit research organizations. Our programs are actively led and orchestrated by a Program Director who adjusts, iterates, and directs teams working together so as to solve problems they cannot solve alone.

Are animal studies excluded?

No. Animal studies are not precluded as tools to support the hypothesis towards the main goal of recapitulating human physiology in human-based models.

Who can I contact if I have a question about the In Utero program?

Send an email with your question to inutero@wellcomeleap.org.

Application process

Is there a specific format for Wellcome Leap program applications?

Please see the full proposal template and guidelines for format guidance.

Is the online application portal the only way to provide a submission?

Yes. 

Is it possible to have multiple applicants on a submission?

Yes. Multiple collaborators can be on a single submission, but only the Principal Investigator (PI) will be able to submit the application on the portal.

Is it necessary to form a consortium when applying?

No. We encourage individuals or small teams to apply in the thrust area(s) best aligned with their expertise and capabilities. It is not necessary to form a large consortium or team a priori to address all thrusts or an entire goal in a single abstract or proposal. Indeed, we intend to facilitate synergies dynamically among In Utero performers as we make progress together toward the program’s goals.

What are the eligible costs?

Full direct and government-certified indirect costs appropriate to the execution of the research, are eligible.

Can you have multiple submissions?

Yes.

Am I able to edit my submission once submitted?

No.

When will I receive feedback on my submission?

Please see the program announcement for the program timeline.

May I still submit a full proposal if I receive a recommendation to not submit on my abstract feedback?

Yes.

How do I register for the application portal?

Visit the In Utero program page on the application portal, click on the “Register” button and follow the steps. If you encounter any issues, please review the application portal FAQ page.

How do I reset my password?

Please review the application portal FAQ page.

Review process

Will my idea be treated as confidential during the review process?

Please see the program announcement for confidentiality of submission details.

What is the review process?

Please see the program announcement for information on the review process in each round.