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Maximising the value of research outputs: Wellcome’s approach

2 February 2018

In July 2017, the Wellcome Trust updated their policy on the management and sharing of research outputs. This policy helps deliver Wellcome’s mission – to improve health for everyone by enabling great ideas to thrive.

Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, and David Carr, Open Research Programme Manager, from the Wellcome’s Open Research Team, gave a presentation at the University of Cambridge, December 2017, to explain the policy.

The new policy now includes sharing software and materials as other valued outputs of research, in addition to sharing openly publications and data. An outputs management plan is required to show how the outputs of the project will be managed and the value of the outputs maximised (whilst taking into consideration that not all outputs can be shared openly). Updated guidance on outputs management plans has been published and can be found on the Wellcome Trust website.

Developing Open Research

Robert Kiley described the three areas which the dedicated Open Research Team at Wellcome lead and coordinate: funder-led activities; community-led activities and policy leadership.

Examples of funder-led activities include, among other, Wellcome Open Research, the publishing platform launched in partnership with F1000 just over a year ago, as well as supporting other innovative Open Access publications such as e-Life.

Wellcome are inviting the community to develop and test innovative ideas in Open Research: see, for example, The Open Science Prize initiative.

In the area of policy leadership, Wellcome Trust engage in policy discussions in key policy groups at the national, European and international level. 

‘In Conversation with the Wellcome Trust – sharing & managing research outputs’ blog summarises the presentations from David Carr and Robert Kiley about the research outputs policy and how it has been working and the questions raised by the audience.


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