Our work

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    Working with the youth sector

    We’re working with the youth sector to help give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds more opportunities to engage with and take part in science activities outside school.

    Open research

    We want the research we fund – like publications, data, software and materials – to be open and accessible, so it can have the greatest possible impact.

    Brexit and the EU

    We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

    Understanding health and disease

    We support researchers across the world to explore fundamental questions about health and disease.

    Patient data in research

    Patient data is hugely valuable for research. But the value of that data can only be unlocked if concerns about patient privacy are taken seriously.

    Government investment in research

    Government investment plays an important part in supporting scientific excellence in the UK.

    Data sharing in public health emergencies

    Research is an essential part of being ready for and responding to public health emergencies.

    Research practice

    Good research practice is one of the foundations of high-quality research.

    Accelerated Access Review

    The recommendations set out in the review mark one of the first steps towards making sure that promising drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital products are adopted quickly across the NHS.

    Research centres and institutes

    We want researchers to work and train in environments where world-class research and translation can thrive. So we invest in the places where research happens.

    Research at scale

    Over the past 25 years, we’ve made a number of critical strategic investments. These multi-million pound, long-term investments in people, resources and technology have helped transform key areas of science.

    Gene editing in research

    Gene editing allows scientists to change gene sequences by adding, replacing or removing sections of DNA.

    Developing research leaders

    Our Research Leadership Development Programme connects senior researchers with great leaders to help improve their skills.

    Data Protection Regulation

    The new European Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and will take effect from May 2018.

    Frontiers meetings

    Frontiers meetings are a way for experts to help shape our direction and strategy in a particular area of our work.

    Research in the humanities and social sciences

    Why funding research into the humanities and social sciences is important, and what we're doing.

    Areas in development

    Before an area becomes a priority, we explore it to see what impact our involvement could have.

    How we engage the public

    The people, projects and places we support include everyone from small community groups and charities to Nobel Prize winners and national galleries.

    Public engagement support for researchers

    Sharing your ideas with the public and getting new perspectives can enhance your research. We offer public engagement funding, advice and training opportunities for all Wellcome-funded researchers.

    Broadcast and film

    We help develop broadcast and film entertainment that explores the human condition.