Important: Proposals Must Closely Adhere to HIC Fund Specifications &
This section offers a collection of relevant documentation and guidance
conveniently organised by topic:
Submitting a Preliminary Application
Please carefully review the ‘Preliminary Application Guidance’ document before
completing the Preliminary Application Form
Costing a HIC Fund Project
Funding Agreement and Grant Conditions
Please carefully review the HIC Fund Funding Agreement and Grant Conditions.
- Any invitation to apply for HIC Fund funding from the
Wellcome Trust (WT) and
Health (DH) does not
necessarily mean that such funds will be forthcoming
- Projects must fit
within the overall scope and aim of the HIC Fund and comply with the requirements of
- DH Research Governance Framework (http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Researchanddevelopment/A-Z/Researchgovernance/index.htm)
- WT’s policies and position statements (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/fundingpolicy)
- Applicants must provide clear development and post-funding commercialisation
plans and are obligated to follow these plans as part of the funding commitment.
To ensure that non-commercialised and/or unsuccessfully commercialised IP is
utilised to achieve maximum healthcare benefits HIC Fund contracts with
successful applicants will
include intellectual property reversion clauses to allow WT and DH to take the
lead in exploitation in the event that the funding recipient does not do so
within an agreed timeframe.
- Applicants will be expected to disclose proprietary information in their full
application and should be aware that all project applications (and any
supplementary information provided) will be made available to staff of the WT,
DH and external advisors for the purposes of peer-review and due diligence.
- The WT and DH operate a conflicts of interest policy and place obligations of
confidentiality on external advisors (some of whom are employed in the
industrial or financial sectors). Whilst the funders attach great importance to
their policies and procedures concerning confidentially and conflicts of
interest, they cannot provide any warranty to applicants in this regard.
- The day-to-day business of the funders involves the receipt and review of many
confidential applications and consequently it is only under highly exceptional
circumstances that they will enter into a confidentiality or non-disclosure
agreement with applicants.
- Under some circumstances applicants may receive feedback on their project
proposal. This feedback is meant to inform and guide applicants but is not meant
to be definitive. Applicants should seek their own independent advice on
feedback and its validity.