The Hub: Applications for 2016 residency now open

The Wellcome Trust is now accepting applications for a new group of residents for The Hub. Based in Wellcome Collection, The Hub provides a unique space and resource for an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work on an original project related to health, medicine or wellbeing.

Applications are open to groups of around four to six practitioners and researchers from across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, who wish to bring a multitude of perspectives to a project over the course of two academic years. Taking up residency in the autumn of 2016, the group will receive an allowance of up to £1 million to develop or accelerate innovative work examining human health, and looking at ways of generating new insights, methodologies, interventions and forms of engagement.

Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, said: "The understanding of health and wellbeing can’t be achieved by any single discipline. Through The Hub we provide a space where thinkers from the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and more, can come together and share their ideas about life, biomedicine and what it means to be human."

The group will be housed in The Hub, a dedicated space at Wellcome Collection, newly created as part of a £17.5 million development that is transforming the building with new galleries, doubled events space and an expansion of the Wellcome Library. Applicants will be expected to make full use of Wellcome Collection's resources and draw on the wide range of programmes and expertise afforded by the Wellcome Trust. In addition, The Hub is situated near the British Library, the British Museum, UCL, Birkbeck, LSHTM, the Institute of Education and the School of Advanced Study.

The current occupants of the space, Hubbub, began their residency in October 2014 and are exploring rest and busyness in modern life. Led by social scientist Felicity Callard (Durham University), Hubbub are working with over 40 partners of rich variety to explore the dynamics of rest, tumult, activity and work, as they operate in mental health, neuroscience, the arts and everyday life. Other core members are psychologist and writer Charles Fernyhough (Durham University), broadcaster Claudia Hammond (BBC's 'All in the Mind' and 'Health Check'), neuroscientist Daniel Margulies (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) and poet James Wilkes (Durham University).

Felicity Callard, social scientist and Hubbub group leader, said: "It was, and still is, such an honour to be selected as the first residents of The Hub. This flagship space offers a truly unique opportunity to be experimental, giving our geographically dispersed group time and space to explore and play with our ideas, while continuing to inspire us with new ones. I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in health and interdisciplinary research, whatever his or her specialism, to consider competing for the opportunity to take up this extraordinary offering."

The Wellcome Trust is holding two open afternoons on Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 4 March 2015 for potential applicants to visit The Hub and find out more.

The deadline for expressions of interest in the 2016 residency is Friday 1 May 2015.