Our work

Explore some of our activities and projects.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Research practice

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

    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.