The Hub Award brings researchers and creative professionals together at Wellcome Collection to work as a collaborative residency.
Information about the next application round will be announced here when it is available.
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 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):
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.
In your proposal, you should describe:
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:
You can ask for overheads if your grant will be based at a:
You can also ask for overheads on any part of your grant that is sub-contracted to any of the organisations listed above.
If you’re based at a UK university you can’t ask for overheads for sub-contracted activity if your university will include the sub-contracted funding in its annual report to the UK Charity Research Support Fund.
Overheads can include:
The total cost for overheads should not be more than:
These costs must directly support the activity funded by the grant.
In your grant application you must:
You can ask for costs to attend conferences or meetings.
You can also ask for costs to cover caring responsibilities if you or any staff employed on the grant attend a conference. This includes childcare and any other caring responsibility they have, provided:
You can ask for up to £1,000 per person for each conference.
You can ask for up to 5% of the total amount you're requesting as contingency.
Your group will be able to contribute to Wellcome Collection's public events and exchange ideas and expertise with our staff.
It's unlikely that you'll be able to develop your own exhibition for display at Wellcome Collection.
Information about the next application round will be announced on this page when it is available.
As part of your preliminary application, you must create a short video about your project and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo. It should be a maximum of five minutes. On the preliminary application form, you’ll be asked to provide the URL to this video.
The video will be an important part of your application – you should use it to bring your project to life. Your ideas for the project are more important than how the video is produced.
The video should cover:
We recommend your video is unlisted but not private. Contact us if you have any questions.
You must submit your preliminary application through Grant Tracker.
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.
Submit your full application form on Grant Tracker.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
Contact our information officers if you have a question about this scheme.