Wellcome Centre awards

This year we held an open competition inviting applications for Wellcome Centres across the research areas we fund, including biomedical research, the medical humanities, social sciences and translational research.

Illustration of 15 buildings

Today, we have committed £118 million to support 14 Wellcome Centres over the next five years. Seven of the 14 are existing centres who have a refreshed vision and new avenues to explore, and seven are newly established. 

The 14 centres join the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow, which had its funding renewed in 2014.

Wellcome’s Director Jeremy Farrar says: "Wellcome Centres play a special role in the global research ecosystem. By creating places where researchers can flourish we can catalyse world-leading research and translation, and amplify its influence and impact.

"At Wellcome we believe in long-term support for discovery-driven science. Wellcome Centres are an outstanding environment for researchers to further our understanding of fundamental biology, accelerate translation to clinical practice, and explore the social and cultural context of medicine."

The centres we’re supporting for the next five years are: 

  • Wellcome / MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
    University of Cambridge
    Director: Anthony Green
  • Wellcome / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute
    University of Cambridge
    Director: Daniel St Johnston
  • Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa)*
    University of Cape Town
    Director: Robert Wilkinson
  • Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (CAIR)*
    University of Dundee
    Director: Paul Wyatt
  • Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology
    University of Edinburgh
    Director: David Tollervey
  • Wellcome Centre of Cultures and Environments of Health*
    University of Exeter
    Director: Mark Jackson
  • Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering*
    King’s College London
    Director: Reza Razavi
  • Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research
    University of Manchester
    Director: Karl Kadler
  • Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research
    Newcastle University
    Director: Doug Turnbull
  • Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics
    University of Oxford
    Director: Peter Donnelly
  • Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging*
    University of Oxford
    Director: Heidi Johansen-Berg
  • Wellcome Centre for Ethics, Innovation, Globalisation and Medicine*
    University of Oxford
    Director: Michael Parker
  • Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging
    University College London
    Director: Catherine Price
  • Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences*
    University College London
    Director: Sebastien Ourselin

*Newly established centres 

For more information read our Research centres and institutes page or contact