Six new partnerships to translate research into treatments

Today, we’re announcing collaborations with six institutions to find new ways to translate scientific discoveries into real world impact.

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We are committing £6 million to these first translational partnerships with the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Imperial College and Oxford through the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok.

Researchers can face a number of barriers to taking the first step to translating their research – and often need more than financial support, including mentorship and regulatory advice.

Making the transition between discovery science and translation easier is one of the core aims of Wellcome’s Innovation for Impact [PDF 200KB].

Earlier this year, we set out a series of commitments – Transforming UK translation [PDF 99KB] – together with the Royal Society, Academy of Medical Sciences and Royal Academy of Engineering.

How we will work together

Through our new translational partnerships we will work closely with partners to explore new ways of supporting transition and to share best practice.

By working at institutional level, we can work with each university to develop support which will best suit its own researchers.

Support through the new partnerships will be primarily, but not exclusively, for Wellcome-supported scientists. It will include a portfolio of activities, for example:

  • developing seed funds, identifying mentors and entrepreneurs in residence
  • access to Wellcome’s network of advisers, experts and mentors
  • introductions to potential partners to take promising advances forward.
"We want to make sure there’s every opportunity for the people and organisations we support to translate great scientific discoveries into innovations with broad, lasting impact."
Stephen Caddick, Director of Innovation

Wellcome’s Innovation team will continue to identify new partners. Our long-term aim is to build a broad international network to help share and spread great ideas and practice in translation and innovation.