Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN)
This collaborative research institute was initiated in 2007 with a £5.2M grant from the Welsh Assembly Government Reconfiguration and Collaboration fund. The sum was awarded to the Schools of Psychology in Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea to develop sustainable pan-Wales research capacity and international recognition for excellence in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The award provided funding for infrastructure and new staff, as well as for collaborative research enterprises.
The infrastructure support enabled the Schools of Psychology at each site to develop dedicated laboratory facilities and acquire essential equipment for cognitive neuroscience research.
The funding for new staff permitted the appointment of 5 WICN Chairs and 17 WICN Research Fellows. These key new staff member s have expertise in cognition, brain imaging and cognitive neuropsychology.
The seed-corn funding for research has supported over 60 collaborative research projects involving research staff from at least two of the three partner institutions.
In addition to these initiatives that have put in place the building blocks for sustainable pan-Wales research excellence in cognitive neuroscience, WICN has also facilitated access to cognitive neuroscience research and its applications to young researchers via three residential summer schools, and to the general public via public lectures, laboratory tours and school visits.