Our work

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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.

    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.

    The R&D decade: making the case for government investment

    We want to secure the investment in research promised by the UK government to overcome the biggest challenges in the world, such as climate change and epidemics.

    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.

    Research Leadership Development Programme

    Our Research Leadership Development Programme connected 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.

    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.

    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.

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