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:

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.

Co-funded institutes

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 Francis Crick Instituite 

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 Doeme 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.