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    Good clinical practice guidelines

    New clinical practice guidelines are urgently needed for trials where the current guidelines are not fit for purpose.

    Wellcome Global Monitor

    The Wellcome Global Monitor is the world’s largest study into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges.

    Wellcome Leap Fund

    The Wellcome Leap Fund will be a £250 million charity designed to accelerate discovery and innovation by taking risks and providing funding at scale for ambitious scientific goals.

    Access to healthcare interventions

    Everyone should have access to the life-changing benefits of medicines and other healthcare interventions, like vaccines, diagnostics and therapies.

    Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Infections Consortium

    The Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC) brings together a range of international experts to share expertise and take action to tackle the gaps in drug-resistant infection surveillance and epidemiology.

    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.

    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.

    Understanding health and disease

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

    Emerging science and technologies

    Emerging science and technologies, such as human genome editing and gene drive, could provide new solutions to health problems.

    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 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.

    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 Leadership Development Programme

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

    Data Protection Regulation

    The European General Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and took effect from 25 May 2018.

    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.

    EU copyright law reform

    The European Commission has published a proposal to update EU copyright law so that it applies equally across Europe and is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

    Research involving animals

    Almost every major breakthrough in human and veterinary medicine has depended on the use of animals to research, develop or test new therapies.

    Institutional Strategic Support Fund

    Our Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) enables universities in the UK and Ireland to invest in areas that are of mutual strategic importance to Wellcome and the individual institutions.

    Mitochondrial donation

    Mitochondrial donation is an IVF technique that gives families affected by mitochondrial disease the chance of having healthy children.

    EU medical devices regulations

    The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.

    Research practice

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

    Expert Advisory Group on Data Access

    The Expert Advisory Group on Data Access promoted good working practices, consistent governance and transparent decision making for managing and using data from cohort studies.

    Public views on science and health

    Wellcome collects public views on topics such as science, health and medical research through our Monitor surveys.

    Improving health

    How we support work that directly impacts health.

    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.

    Teacher expertise

    All teachers and technicians should have regular, high-quality continuing professional development throughout their career so that they can improve student learning.

    Primary science

    We’re working to transform the teaching of science in primary schools so that every pupil has an excellent first experience of science.

    Our programmes and initiatives in Africa and Asia

    We invest in researchers, large programmes of research and co-funded initiatives in Africa and Asia.

    Longitudinal population studies

    Over the past ten years, we’ve invested more than £120 million in longitudinal population studies in the UK and low- and middle-income countries.

    School governors and trustees

    We support governors and trustees to ensure their schools and colleges deliver high-quality science education.

    Informal science learning

    Informal learning experiences – like visiting museums, meeting scientists, watching YouTube videos and playing games – offer huge potential for young people to engage with and learn about science in a way that works for them.

    Understanding learning: education and neuroscience

    We can use knowledge about how people learn to develop and test evidence-informed teaching practices that help young people achieve more at school.

    Young people’s views on science education

    Our Science Education Tracker is a survey of young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.

    Practical science

    We’re committed to supporting and improving practical science in schools and colleges.