Research centres and institutes
We want researchers to work and train in environments where world-class research and translation can thrive. So we invest in research centres and institutes to help this happen.
Why it's important
Focused, core support brings together teams who use their expertise, knowledge and skills to help us achieve our mission.
Working to a common goal. whilst sharing the same physical space and facilities means researchers can collaborate to tackle some of the biggest questions in science.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire was established in 1993 to collaborate on the Human Genome Project - the sequencing of the first human genome. We have continued to fund Sanger and it has grown into a world-leading institute in human genomics research.
Wellcome Trust Centres
Wellcome Trust Centres are an important part of how we advance ideas.
They give groups of world-class researchers funding for the shared facilities, collaborative and training activities they need to deliver world-leading research and high-impact translation. All Centres have a clear research goal, strong leadership and a dynamic research and cultural environment that makes them highly productive. Centres also actively engage the public with their research.
How centres are organised
Centres have a Centre Director, who drives and oversees the research vision.
Research groups in Centres are led by senior leaders, who hold substantial research funding and are often a Wellcome Fellow or Investigator. There are also early career group leaders and training programmes to nuture talented junior researchers.
There are currently eight Wellcome Trust Centres:
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology (University of Edinburgh).
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research (University of Manchester).
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology (University of Glasgow).
- The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute (University of Cambridge).
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (University of Oxford).
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (University College London).
- The Wellcome Trust / Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (University of Cambridge).
- The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research (Newcastle University).
We recently ran an open competition for centres, and are currently considering applications.
Major Overseas Programmes
We run five programmes as part of our work to fund and support research in Africa and Asia.
Centres of Excellence in Medical Engineering
The Centres are funded through a partnership between Wellcome and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Centres provide an environment for mathematics, physical science, engineering and medical research to come together. They complete exploratory research and translate that research into specific healthcare products.
There are four centres in the UK:
- The King's College Wellcome/EPSRC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering
- The University of Leeds Wellcome/EPSRC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering
- The Imperial College, London Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre
- The Oxford University Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering
The Francis Crick Institute
The Francis Crick Institute is a partnership between Wellcome, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London. When it opens, it will be the largest biomedical research institute in Europe.
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre is funded through partnership between Wellcome and the Gatsby Foundation. The Centre focuses on furthering our understanding of neural circuits in the brain.
The MSD-Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories
The MSD-Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories are funded through partnership between Wellcome and Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp, is a not-for-profit vaccine research and development initiative based in India. Hilleman laboratories complete research into affordable vaccines to combat disease in low income countries.