—–Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council is at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Founded in 1913 to tackle tuberculosis, The MRC invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health. Thirty-one MRC-funded researchers have won Nobel prizes in a wide range of disciplines, and MRC scientists have been behind such diverse discoveries as vitamins, the structure of DNA and the link between smoking and cancer, as well as achievements such as pioneering the use of randomised controlled trials, the invention of MRI scanning, and the development of a group of antibodies used in the making of some of the most successful drugs ever developed. Today, MRC-funded scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms.

—–British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the UK’s largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. For over 50 years, the BHF has pioneered life-saving research that has helped halve the number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. The BHF also helps provide vital support and care for the 7million people living with cardiovascular disease, along with information to help reduce their risk and improve their heart health.

—–Chief Scientist Office, Scotland

Chief Scientist Office

CSO is part of the Scottish Government Health Directorates. The CSO vision is to support and increase the level of high-quality health research conducted in Scotland. This is for the health and financial benefits of the Scottish population and so that Scotland is recognised globally as a ‘come to place’ for health science. CSO invests in infrastructure to support applied health research in Scottish Universities and, through NHS Research Scotland, in Scottish Health Boards and runs responsive mode grant funding and clinical academic fellowship schemes.

—–Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, EPSRC’s vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate. By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, EPSRC is building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. EPSRC’s portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research EPSRC funds has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works collectively with its partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

—–Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Economic & Social Research Council

The Economic and Social Research Council is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policy makers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC also works collaboratively with six other UK research councils and Innovate UK to fund cross-disciplinary research and innovation addressing major societal challenges.

—–Health and Care Research Wales

Health and Care Research Wales

Health and Care Research Wales is funded and overseen by the Welsh Government’s Division for Social Care and Health Research. Its vision is for Wales to be internationally recognised for its excellent health and social care research that has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales. It provides an infrastructure to support and increase capacity in research and development (R&D), runs a range of responsive funding schemes and provides strategic direction and support for NHS R&D in Wales.

—–Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland

Public Health Agency

The Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division is part of the Public Health Agency. Established in 2009, it is responsible for the administration and coordination of the HSC R&D budget on behalf of Department of Health, Northern Ireland. Its work is based on the principle that the best health and social care must be underpinned by knowledge, based on well conducted research, which can then be applied in the delivery of care. The HSC R&D Division supports researchers based in Northern Ireland as well as those in Health and Social Care Trusts or other bodies who use the outputs from research findings.

—–National Institute for Health Research, England

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy. Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.



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