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How we use your donations

When we say that research is our sole focus, we really mean it: we spend all donations on funding research – 100% of it.

We identify research priorities according to gaps in understanding, or specific donor priorities.

We are flexible and can adapt to the most pressing needs as they arise.

These priorities change regularly – unlike many funders of research we are flexible and can adapt to the most pressing needs as they arise.

Find out more about our research priorities.

We decide how to award funding using the expertise of our Board of Trustees alongside advice from the MRC’s experts. Some of the research that we fund is specified by individual donors who want to fund research on particular diseases, or for specific research teams whose research interests them. We rely on scientific experts in these cases to advise us on the most pressing questions that need to be addressed and the most effective way to do so.

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We can respond to the emerging health needs of the nation and the wider world, and the research priorities and opportunities identified by scientific experts and our donors.

We feel that there are some compelling reasons to donate to us:

1. 100% of your donation will be directly invested in medical research.

This is thanks to income from other sources which currently cover the Foundation’s very low running costs. We are grateful to the MRC for providing us with free services, such as office accommodation, IT support, communications support and other professional services.

2. We are free to fund ideas to answer the most important research questions on the most pressing health needs of the time.

Unlike many other funding bodies or major healthcare charities we are not restricted to providing support for a particular disease or condition, or a particular research institution. We can respond to the emerging health needs of the nation and the wider world, and the research priorities and opportunities identified by scientific experts and our donors. All of our activities are focused on research: we do not provide advice or support, and nor do we undertake campaigning.

3. In ensuring we have the right governance systems and practices in place, we are able to assure you that your money will be really well looked after and really well spent.

Whilst we are a relatively small charitable foundation, we have embedded excellent quality governance structures. And this solid foundation, along with the research expertise that we have access to at the MRC, means that we can make clear decisions to target our money towards the research that really matters.

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of your donation will be directly invested in medical research.

By donating to our general purposes fund, you will allow our experts to support the best research as it arises. This gives us the greatest flexibility to respond to important existing and emerging health needs.

We decide how to fund applications by seeking scientific advice through the MRC’s research boards and training panels. The MRC’s scientific specialists help us to find suitable experts in the field to either review applications or to sit on our review panels.

These services are provided free of charge – and this helps us to keep our overhead costs low and increase the efficiency of our processes, while also allowing us to access the best possible advice.

By donating to our general purposes fund, you will allow our experts to support the best research as it arises. This gives us the greatest flexibility to respond to important existing and emerging health needs.

If you prefer, you can either support one of our current research campaigns or you can specify an area of medical research that you would like your donation to support.

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We fund and support the most promising health research wherever we discover great opportunities that are not being pursued. We use our donations responsibly and ensure we make the greatest impact where it is most needed.

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