Wellcome exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive.
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.
We are a politically and financially independent foundation.
How we're funded
Our founder, Sir Henry Wellcome, was a medical entrepreneur, collector and philanthropist. What we do 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.
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:
- Vaccine development, such as when we co-funded the development of a new Ebola vaccine
- Studies such as the Wellcome Global Monitor, which surveys attitudes to science, health and vaccines across the world, informing research and policy
- Behavioural projects, such as training health workers to reduce risk of infection while working on the frontline
- Social science, including research into the ethics of medical trials involving pregnant women, which was of urgent importance during the Zika virus.
- Developing research leaders in regions most affected by infectious disease (as we’ve done through our DELTAS Africa initiative)
- Advocacy, encouraging governments and global businesses to take part in building a more secure future for global health
- Public engagement, including Contagious Cities, an international cultural project supporting local conversations about epidemic preparedness.
Find out what we do to support researchers, policy makers and the public in tackling more of today’s health challenges.
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