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The Hub Award

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What is The Hub Award?

The Wellcome Trust is committed to supporting work at the interface of health and the wider arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. To build on our existing programmes, we are launching The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a ground-breaking initiative that will provide resources and a stimulating space for researchers and other creative minds to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project linked to the Trust's vision of improving human and animal health.

As part of the Wellcome Collection Development Project we are making available a specially designed, flexible space within the building for a research team to be resident for up to two academic years. The Hub Award is the way teams can apply to use this space and request funding for the project.

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Artist impression giving a flavour of what the space will be like.

The Hub at Wellcome Collection aims to:

  • enable a truly outstanding interdisciplinary team to work on a project that is linked to our vision of improving health and to support this team with all the rich and unique resources the Wellcome Trust has on offer
  • be a pioneering location for creative work that explores what happens when medicine and health intersect with the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • nurture a thriving culture of exchange, in which the public is connected to the innovative ideas of The Hub through a vibrant programme of public engagement
  • foster work that is original, creative, intelligent, impactful and openly accessible
  • catalyse outputs that generate new insights, new forms of engagement, new methodologies, new interventions and new knowledge.

In addition to the use of the space within The Hub, you can apply for funding of up to £1 million over two years. This can include salary costs (or replacement) for your Core Group of around three to five individuals as well as for any associates you may choose to include in your project such as fellows, research assistants, visiting artists or other residencies. It also includes ongoing operational costs such as for equipment, materials, travel, events and public engagement activities.

We would normally expect the project to last for two academic years. However, The Hub occupancy does not necessarily have to be used for a whole, discrete project. For example, it could present an opportunity to complete (or develop) an existing project. Or you may decide to kick-start a brand new idea that would have a life beyond your residency at The Hub.

Residents will have unique access to resources in Wellcome Collection, the Wellcome Trust and the Wellcome Library. Located in Bloomsbury, the heart of academic London, The Hub offers residents a range of resources at their fingertips. Wellcome Collection is a stone's throw away from the British Library, the British Museum, University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Institute of Education and the School of Advanced Study.

How do I apply?

You need a project that is interdisciplinary, original and health-related.

You will lead a Core Group of around three to five individuals and will need to demonstrate:

  • how your project will benefit from the unique location
  • how you plan to draw upon the resources of Wellcome Collection and the Wellcome Trust next door.

You will also need to have a clear idea of what your outputs will be and how you will engage the public with your research as part of your residency.

Grants will normally be awarded through organisations such as universities, charitable bodies and other not-for-profit organisations, rather than directly to individuals.

Applications will also be accepted from commercial companies who would not otherwise be able to undertake the proposed work and where outputs would not be considered for commercial funding.

The Group must be able to sign up to the Wellcome Trust Grant Conditions for The Hub Award. The Group Leader will be contractually responsible for the Core Group members and other associates for the duration of the Award. The Group Leader and Core Group members will not be employed by the Wellcome Trust.

The first step is to complete a preliminary application form for the Hub Award [Word 160KB]. Please refer to the Grant Conditions [Word 36KB] before completing your application.

Please email your preliminary application form to hubenquiries@wellcome.ac.uk.

Deadlines and contacts

The deadline for applications for the first Hub residency has now passed (Friday 3 May 2013).

All eligible projects were assessed by a selection panel and successful applicants were shortlisted to be considered by the panel in March 2014.The first residents of The Hub are led by social scientist Felicity Callard and they will take up occupancy of The Hub from autumn 2014.

The schedule for the next round of applications (2016-18 residency) will be announced in late 2014.

If this hasn't answered all of your queries, try our frequently asked questions or refer to The Hub pages on our Wellcome Collection website. You can also sign up to The Hub newsletter if you would like to keep informed about developments. Or you can contact us directly:

The Hub Award
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK

T +44 (0)20 7611 8806

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888