A central 'hub' will co-ordinate the centre and there will be three departments, covering individual and business giving, charitable giving and social redistribution and institutionalised giving structures.
The centre's four funders - the Office of the Third Sector, the Carnegie UK Trust, the Scottish Government and the Economic and Social Research Council - will also reveal in November how the funding is to be spent.
The closing date for bids to run the centre was 14 August. Applications are to be reviewed by an independent peer review panel chaired by Fiona Williams, professor of social policy at Leeds University. The panel will include representatives from the charity sector and academics.