We support researchers, we take on big health challenges, we campaign for better science, and we help everyone get involved with science and health research.

How we're funded

Wellcome is a politically and financially independent foundation.

Our founder, Sir Henry Wellcome, was a medical entrepreneur, collector and philanthropist. How we work today reflects the breadth of his interests, and his conviction that health can be improved when research generates, tests and investigates new ideas. Our governance is based on an updated version of Henry’s will.

Today, we have a £25.9 billion investment portfolio which funds all the work we do. In the next five years, we plan to spend around £5 billion helping people across the world explore great ideas

An example of our approach

One of the world’s biggest challenges is how to be better prepared for the next major epidemic. Wellcome’s response is an example of how we work with academia, philanthropy, businesses, governments and civil society around the world to take on health challenges in many different, coordinated ways.

Here are just a handful of ways we’re helping to outsmart epidemics:

Find out how we work to support researchers, policy makers and the public in tackling more of today’s health challenges.

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