The Hub Award

The Hub Award brings researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.

Scheme at a glance

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Level of funding:

Flexible funding, up to £1 million

Duration of funding:

Flexible duration, up to 2 years

Who can apply

Groups of four to six people can apply for The Hub Award.

Your proposed project should:

  • bring together people from different professional backgrounds, such as health, the arts and academia
  • be innovative and experimental
  • fit with Wellcome Trust's strategy.

One member of your group should lead the project. This person will need to spend at least half their time on the project.

All members of the group should have a good track record in their area of expertise.

Successful applicants for the next Hub Award must start their residency between October 2018 and January 2019.

What we're looking for

We encourage applications from a group that will:

  • explore health in its cultural and social contexts
  • develop a programme of public engagement
  • create work that is original and impactful
  • produce new insights, forms of engagement, methodologies or interventions.

You'll need to be able to explain:

  • how being based at Wellcome Collection will benefit your project
  • how the different members of your group will contribute to the project
  • your proposed activities and outcomes (eg publications, creative works and public events).

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Scheme finder

A Hub Award is for up to £1 million, and can last up to two years.

You should be able to justify the amount and duration of funding that you ask for.

The award offers a specially designed, flexible space at Wellcome Collection, including quiet spaces, meeting and seminar rooms, and access to a recording studio.

The award can be used for a range of activities and research costs, including:

  • salary costs for your group
  • salary costs for collaborators and administrative staff, such as project co-ordinators, extra researchers and resident artists
  • project expenses, such as equipment, materials, travel, events and public engagement activities
  • childcare and any other caring responsibility costs if you need to attend a conference or research meeting.

Your group will be able to contribute to Wellcome Collection's public events and exchange ideas and expertise with our staff.

You can also apply for Research Enrichment funding to increase the impact of your work through activities in open research and diversity and inclusion.

What we don’t offer

It's unlikely that you'll be able to develop your own exhibition for display at Wellcome Collection.

We don't fund overheads.

The application deadline for the 2018 residency has closed. We consider applications once every two years.

You can find out more about The Hub and our current award holders on the Wellcome Collection website.

Stages of application

  1. Before you apply

    Please read The Hub Award FAQs [PDF 305KB] and The Hub Award Grant Conditions [DOCX 75KB] before you apply.

  2. Submit your preliminary application

    We're not currently accepting applications to this scheme.

  3. Review and shortlisting

    A panel of Wellcome Trust staff will assess your preliminary application. If it's successful, you'll be invited to submit a full application.

  4. Submit your full application

    View the Sample full application form for The Hub Award [PDF 945KB].

  5. Interview

    The Hub Selection Panel will interview shortlisted groups at the Wellcome Trust offices in London.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.


The application deadline for the 2018 residency has closed. We consider applications once every two years.

Key dates

The application deadline for the 2018 residency has closed. We consider applications once every two years.

Contact us

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact:

Contact our information officers if you need help with our online grants system (Grant Tracker).