Policy and advocacy

Through campaigns and partnerships, Wellcome brings together people and resources from across society to get the most out of research. It’s how we make sure great ideas improve health, as quickly as possible, for everyone.

What we do

We focus on the world's biggest health challenges and supporting the best possible environment for researchers to thrive.

Our work with researchers and policy makers – as well as commercial, charitable and non-governmental organisations around the world – informs decisions about science and health, and provides strong evidence for coordinated global action.

 

Our work on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Areas we work in

Nurses working with the World Health Organization prepare to administer vaccines in Mbandaka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the launch of the 2018 Ebola vaccination campaign. 

Epidemics: outsmarting deadly outbreaks

The human and economic cost of epidemics is unsustainable. Effective research and coordinated action stop outbreaks spiralling into global health emergencies.

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Research culture: let's reimagine how we work together

Current practices prioritise outputs over people’s wellbeing. We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest.

Scientist adds a sample to a micro-tube in a research laboratory (Image © Greg Dale/Getty Images)

Drug-resistant infections: transforming the global response

The collective overuse of antibiotics has caused one of the most urgent health problems. We want to transform the world's response towards stemming the rise of drug-resistant infections.

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Mental health: transforming research and treatments

Mental health treatments are no more advanced today than 30 years ago. We are leading a radical new approach to drive the science forward and improve people’s lives.

Man and woman harvesting rice in Sapa (Image © Tim Gerard Barker/Getty Images)

Our Planet, Our Health: responding to a changing world

Climate change, urban growth and unsustainable food systems threaten lives. Research evidence and new collaborations could protect and improve human and planetary health.

A child receiving oral polio drops (Image © Pacific Press/Getty Images)

Vaccines: a world equipped to combat infectious disease

Vaccines prevent disease, save countless lives and cut healthcare costs. We want to help develop new vaccines and work out how to use the existing ones in a better way.

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Brexit and the EU

Knowledge and understanding don’t stop at borders. We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

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Snakebites: making treatments safe, effective and accessible

This is one of the world’s biggest hidden health crises. We want to transform the way snakebite treatments are researched and delivered to bring them into the 21st century.

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Data for science and health: innovation that benefits everyone

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies are transforming research and healthcare. We want to make sure everyone benefits from health data innovation.

Latest reports and briefings

  • Report 20 May 2020 Updated 22 May 2020

    What people think about global access to COVID-19 treatments and vaccines

    Our polling of more than 6,000 adults in the UK, the USA, Germany and France shows strong public support for making sure that any new coronavirus treatments and vaccines are first made available to those who need them most.

  • Report 15 January 2020 Updated 5 February 2020

    What researchers think about the culture they work in

    [Summary] Perspectives on and experiences of research culture, based on a survey of more than 4,000 researchers in the UK and globally.

  • Report 24 May 2019 Updated 2 December 2019

    Wellcome Global Monitor 2018

    [Summary] The world’s largest study into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges.

For more about our policy work, browse our briefings and consultation responses.