Our research priorities

Research Leaders

We are committed to extending our support for high-quality biomedical research that addresses the concerns of donors and the current health needs of the nation and the wider world.



During 2015/16, we continued to fund the research priorities identified by both our donors and the UK’s experts. Donors specifically wanted us to increase understanding of:

  • Asthma.
  • Respiratory disease.
  • Intellectual disabilities research.

Our trustees have agreed that they will provide support for the following in 2016-17:

  • Adolescent and early adulthood mental health, particularly self -harm and eating disorders.
  • Antimicrobial Resistance research.
  • Research Capacity building in Africa.

We have been working with experts to identify the most important research questions in these areas and have sought proposals from the scientific community.

We continue to support the dissemination of MRC and MRF-funded research results beyond the scientific press to patients, study participants, policy makers and healthcare practitioners with a view to ensuring that healthcare policy and practice, and the ways that individuals conduct their lives, are based on up-to–date research evidence. We provide this support from our Fleming Memorial Fund for Medical Research.