Wellcome Puts Its Money on Elite Researchers –
BrasilPelotas no cenário mundial da ciência!!
The Wellcome Trust, the world’s largest research charity, this week announced the first winners of a program of large singleinvestigator awards to prominent biomedical researchers. While this is great news for the 27 new Wellcome Investigators who will share £57 million, hundreds of university-based researchers stand to lose Wellcome funds as the trust phases out some existing programs to pay for the new category of investigators.
The 26 awards are heavily concentrated among a handful of institutions: 21 of them are going to the so-called golden triangle cities of London, Cambridge, and Oxford, with 15 going to just four universities. Four awards go to scientists elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Pedro Hallal of Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil is the only recipient working outside the United Kingdom.
Hallal, 31, will study how physical exercise by mothers and children affects lifelong health. “Funding for research in Brazil is almost always short term,” says Hallal, who came across the program while visiting the United Kingdom on a Royal Society fellowship. “Seven years of support is extraordinarily important for my career.”
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