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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 have launched The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a ground-breaking initiative that provides 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 our transformation of Wellcome Collection, we have made 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.

Inside of Hub space at Wellcome Collection
The Hub space in Wellcome Collection.

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 to 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 four to six individuals (including yourself) 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.

You 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 you a range of resources at your 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 four to six 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 Core Group and any associates 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.

Please note that we expect that any outputs from the project will be made freely available in line with the policies detailed in our Grant Conditions and on our website.

The first step is to complete a preliminary application form for the Hub Award [Word 160KB]. Please refer to the Grant Conditions [Word 156 KB] before completing your application.

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

Deadlines and contacts

The deadline for the 2016-18 residency has now passed.

If this hasn't answered all of your queries, see our FAQs 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