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Who we are

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we grow and nurture people and ideas wherever we see research opportunities with great potential.

We have access to a wide range of science which allows us to identify the best opportunities for research. The Medical Research Council (MRC) – a major global hub for scientific knowledge – is at the heart of our unique ability to access this expertise.

We are not restricted to providing support for a particular disease or condition or a particular research institution. We are able to 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.

Unlike other donor-funded medical and health charities, we do not provide advice or support and nor do we undertake campaigning. All of our activities are focused on research.

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We are committed to ensuring we maintain the highest of standards of governance best practice. In doing so we can ensure we’re all working towards fulfilling our vision. 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 at the research that really matters.