Our policy on science funding

Funding for medical research is essential for a healthy nation and a healthy economy. Medical research in the UK not only leads to improvements in health that benefit millions, but also generates significant wealth and investment.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for our research, but our work does not take place in isolation. We need a world class research sector to support our efforts.

Medical research in the UK benefits from a unique combination of stakeholders. The mixture of support from Government, charity and industry partners, university research laboratories and the NHS, provides the breadth and diversity that are crucial to tackling existing and future healthcare challenges.

We make the case to Government that there needs to be sustained investment in medical research in order to provide the best environment and infrastructure for our scientists to better understand cancer and develop treatments for patients.

We have welcomed recent Government commitments to continue to invest in science and believe that this is crucial to the future of medical research in the UK.

Briefings/Reports 

Investment and Impact: How Government supports science in the UK

July 2015

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Statement on European Fund for Strategic Investment and its impact on EU health research spend

April 2015

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Impact: Investing in Medical Research for the UK’s Health and Wealth

July 2014

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Medical Research: What's It Worth?

June 2014

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Exploring the interdependencies of research funders in the UK

June 2014

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Working together: The impact of medical research on the health and wealth of the nation

May 2013

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Ideal Environment for Medical Research

December 2011

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Exploring the Interdependency between Public and Charitable Medical Research

April 2011

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Consultations/Responses

Response to House of Commons inquiry into leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research

August 2016

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Response to House of Commons inquiry into the science budget

August 2015

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Response to the Nurse Review of Research Councils

April 2015

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Response to House of Common Research and Development funding for science and technology in the UK

August 2013

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Response to House of Lords inquiry into scientific infrastructure

June 2013

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Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on supporting research.

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