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Wellcome Trust Centres

We fund Centres in universities to enable the entrepreneurial creativity generated by academic freedom at an individual level to be maximised through greater collaboration and a high level of coordination, to create a focused strategic vision.

Trust funded centres are international centres of excellence, characterized by inspired leadership, high productivity and a dynamic research and cultural environment, with first rate class core facilities.Centres have energetic early career group leaders and prominent and productive senior group leaders, a majority of individually funded group leaders with their own Trust Fellowships or Investigator Awards (or equivalent grants from other funders) and active training programmes.

There are eight Centres in the UK:

Key operational requirements for centres 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.
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