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We fund and support the most promising health research wherever we discover great opportunities in areas that are underfunded.

Funding the research our society needs

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Our total spend
on research
£45 million
Mental health
and neuroscience
£11.2m
Eating
disorders £3.3m

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are devastating – anorexia alone has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder – yet our understanding of what causes them is limited.

Read more about Eating DisordersRead more
Self-harm £1.5m

Self-harm

Rates of self-harm have risen in young people, but we still know little about why people harm themselves.

Antimicrobial
resistance £4.3m

Antimicrobial resistance

AMR is a global threat to human health. To stop the spread of drug-resistant illness and disease, a new approach is desperately needed.

Read more about Antimicrobial ResistanceRead more
Hepatitis £4m

Hepatitis

Every 30 seconds, someone loses their life to a hepatitis related illness. We need better options for diagnosis and treatment.

Read more about HepatitisRead more
Pain £2.9m

Pain

Chronic pain affects 28m people in the UK and nearly 30% of the entire global population – yet research is severely underfunded. Read more about chronic painRead more

Climate change and health £2.6m

Climate change and health

Climate change is a severe threat to human health globally. Urgent action is needed to understand and tackle the health impacts of climate change. Read more about climate changeRead more

Lupus £1.5m

Lupus

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and currently there is no cure, meaning more research is desperately needed.

Read more about LupusRead more

Rare lung diseases

£1.2m

Rare lung diseases

A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rare lung diseases is needed, to improve the treatment options available.

Young stroke

£1.1m

Young stroke

A quarter of strokes happen in young people of working age, having a huge impact on their lives - yet we know little about the risk factors for this age group.

Adolescent skin disorders £1m

Adolescent skin disorders

For adolescents, skin disorders can be physically and mentally scarring, yet effective treatments are scarce.

Asthma £1m

Asthma

8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma, but current treatments do not help symptoms in around 50% of patients.

Hearing loss £590k

Hearing loss

Better, tailored solutions are needed for the 9 million people in the UK who have significant hearing loss.

COVID-19 £400k

COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 quickly became a global health crisis, with scientists across the world contributing to our understanding of the disease.

£7.8m
Discovery
science
£3m
Research capacity
building in Africa
£770k Changing policy
and practice

Data based on awards made between 2008 to 2023

Our total spend
on research
£45 million
Mental health
and neuroscience
£11.2m
Eating
disorders £3.3m

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are devastating – anorexia alone has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder – yet our understanding of what causes them is limited.

Read more about Eating DisordersRead more
Self-harm £1.5m

Self-harm

Rates of self-harm have risen in young people, but we still know little about why people harm themselves.

Antimicrobial
resistance £4.3m

Antimicrobial resistance

AMR is a global threat to human health. To stop the spread of drug-resistant illness and disease, a new approach is desperately needed.

Read more about Antimicrobial ResistanceRead more
Hepatitis £4m

Hepatitis

Every 30 seconds, someone loses their life to a hepatitis related illness. We need better options for diagnosis and treatment.

Read more about HepatitisRead more
Pain £2.9m

Pain

Chronic pain affects 28m people in the UK and nearly 30% of the entire global population – yet research is severely underfunded. Read more about chronic painRead more

Climate change and health £2.6m

Climate change and health

Climate change is a severe threat to human health globally. Urgent action is needed to understand and tackle the health impacts of climate change. Read more about climate changeRead more

Lupus £1.5m

Lupus

Lupus is difficult to diagnose and currently there is no cure, meaning more research is desperately needed.

Read more about LupusRead more
£1.2m

Rare lung diseases

Rare lung diseases

A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying rare lung diseases is needed, to improve the treatment options available.

£1.1m

Young stroke

Young stroke

A quarter of strokes happen in young people of working age, having a huge impact on their lives - yet we know little about the risk factors for this age group.

£1m

Adolescent skin disorders

Adolescent skin disorders

For adolescents, skin disorders can be physically and mentally scarring, yet effective treatments are scarce.

£1m

Asthma

Asthma

8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma, but current treatments do not help symptoms in around 50% of patients.

£590k

Hearing loss

Hearing loss

Better, tailored solutions are needed for the 9 million people in the UK who have significant hearing loss.

£400k

COVID-19

COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 quickly became a global health crisis, with scientists across the world contributing to our understanding of the disease.

£7.8m
Discovery science
£3m
Research capacity
building in Africa
£770k
Changing policy
and practice

Thanks to our supporters, we've been able to fund a wide range of life-changing medical research. Have a look at the projects we've funded below or visit our News and Events page to read the latest research findings.

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Assessing the effectiveness of household alcohol-based hand rub for the prevention of sepsis, diarrhoea, and pneumonia in Ugandan infants

Lead researcher: Dr David Mukunya
Research area: Epidemiology
Disease or condition: Bacterial and Viral Infection
Research organisation: Busitema University and the University of Liverpool
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Completed
Amount: £5,000
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Evaluating the risk of developing Schistosoma-associated bladder cancer in endemic Ghanaian communities

Lead researcher: Dr Cecilia Smith
Research area: Epidemiology
Disease or condition: Schistosomiasis
Research organisation: University of Health and Allied Sciences & Birmingham City University
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Completed
Amount: £13,000
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Quantifying the impact of house screening on malaria transmission in southern Africa

Lead researcher: Dr Onyango Sangoro
Research area: Epidemiology
Disease or condition: Malaria
Research organisation: Ifakara Health Institute and Imperial College London
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Completed
Amount: £11,230
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Understanding the causal effects of Body-Mass-Index (BMI) on type 2 diabetes and hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa

Lead researcher: Dr Raylton Chikwati
Research area: Epidemiology
Disease or condition: Diet and Obesity
Research organisation: Wits Health Consortium and the University of Bristol
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Completed
Amount: £10,250
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Does the hippocampus support hearing in predictable background sounds?

Lead researcher: Dr Joseph Sollini
Research area: Hearing
Disease or condition: Hearing loss
Research organisation: University of Nottingham
Funding type: Research grant
Status: Live
Amount: £100,607
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