European Union

Wellcome is increasingly active in European Union (EU) policy. The EU supports science through:

  • legislation to regulate the research environment
  • funding opportunities
  • programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

Our work

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.

Data Protection Regulation

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

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.

EU medical devices regulations

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


Brexit and Beyond briefing [PDF 540KB]

  • September 2018

Our recommendations on EU-UK science and innovation post-Brexit.

UK access to EU research framework programmes [PDF 764KB]

  • May 2018

We look at how science should be included in the framework for a future EU-UK relationship.

Improving collaboration between the European Commission and private foundations [PDF 482KB]

  • May 2018

We discuss ways to improve collaboration between the European Commission and private foundations.

More reports

Briefings and responses