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:

One to two years

Who can apply

You can apply for The Hub Award if you are part of a group of researchers and creative professionals who want to look at a health-related question in an innovative and experimental way. 

Your group must be able to work as a collaborative residency at The Hub, a transdisciplinary research centre at Wellcome Collection in London.

Your project

Your proposed project should challenge how people think and feel about health, and fit with Wellcome's purpose.

We expect you to produce new insights, methodologies and interventions that will either build on existing knowledge or focus on a new field of research.

You should also develop a programme to engage the public with your research.

Examples of proposed activities and outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • contributions to your area of research, for example articles, essays or an impact on health policy or practice
  • creative activities, for example new artworks, exhibitions, radio, TV or other engagement activities (at Wellcome Collection or elsewhere)
  • methodological innovations
  • seminars, workshops, lectures, debates or public talks
  • capacity building and training.

Your group

Your group should consist of people from different backgrounds, such as the arts, health and academia.

The number of people in your group should be justifiable for your proposed project. Previously, we've funded groups of four to 10 people. Find out about our current and previous groups.

One member of your group should lead the project. This person will need to spend at least half of 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 at The Hub between October 2020 and January 2021.

Your proposal

In your proposal, you should describe:

  • how being based at Wellcome Collection and working with Wellcome teams will benefit your project
  • your group’s expertise and what each member will do
  • your proposed activities and outcomes
  • your intended audience and how you’ll engage with them.

The Hub Award is for up to £1 million and can last between one and 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 areas, 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.

Stages of application

  1. Before you apply

    Please read The Hub Award FAQs [PDF 139KB] and The Hub Award Grant Conditions [DOCX 79KB] before you apply.

    We encourage you to attend The Hub Award open day which takes place on 30 April 2019. During the day, you’ll be able to find out more about the award, meet the current residents and see The Hub space. Register for the open day as soon as possible – places are limited.

  2. Submit your preliminary application and short video

    The preliminary application form will be available on Grant Tracker soon. 

    On the application form, you'll be asked to provide the URL to a short video (maximum 5 minutes). This video will be an important part of your application – you should use it to bring your project to life. We'll provide more details about the video soon.

  3. Review and shortlisting

    A panel of Wellcome staff will assess your preliminary application. 

    If you're shortlisted, you'll be asked to develop and submit a full application and attend an interview. You will receive up to £10,000 to develop your full application. For example, to hold team meetings, test ideas and work up your project.

  4. Submit your full application

    Submit your full application form on Grant Tracker. 

  5. Interview

    The Hub Selection Panel consisting of Wellcome staff and external experts will interview shortlisted groups in The Hub at Wellcome Collection in London.  

Disabled applicants

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

Dates

We consider applications once every two years.

  • The Hub Award open day

     30 April 2019, 15:00 to 17:00 BST

  • Preliminary applications deadline

    13 June 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    July 2019

  • Full applications deadline

    February 2020

  • Interviews and decision

    March 2020

  • Residency starts

    Autumn 2020

Key dates

We consider applications once every two years.

  • The Hub Award open day

     30 April 2019, 15:00 to 17:00 BST

  • Preliminary applications deadline

    13 June 2019, 17:00 BST

  • Shortlisting

    July 2019

  • Full applications deadline

    February 2020

  • Interviews and decision

    March 2020

  • Residency starts

    Autumn 2020

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about this scheme.