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Wellcome Trust Centres

Wellcome Trust Centres are internationally recognised centres of excellence that receive core funding from the Trust.

There are eight Centres in the UK:

Featured Centre Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging Learn more about the work and discoveries of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, one of the leading brain-imaging centres in the world.

Wellcome Trust Centres are characterised by:

  • having a clear and important strategic vision
  • carrying out world class science
  • demonstrating 'added value' - the whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  • being distinct entities with clearly defined boundaries
  • having a critical mass of research funding, including significant Wellcome Trust support.

Normally, 'added value' will be provided in the form of training and/or public engagement activities.

Key operational issues include:

  • a strong Director and a clear governance structure
  • an external Scientific Advisory Board with an annual report to the Director, made available to the Wellcome Trust
  • quinquennial review
  • clear support and relationships to the host institution
  • clear and definedarrangements that encourage career development.

Other considerations in determining Centre status include:

  • opportunities for research translation into clinical innovation
  • capacity building
  • generation of community resources
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • the 'fit' to strategic scientific areas identified as priorities by the Wellcome Trust.

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