Our policy on science funding

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Funding for science is essential for a healthy nation and a healthy economy. UK Medical research leads to improvements in health and 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 research in universities and the NHS to be world-class so that we can fund the best science and find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. 

Government’s investment in science is crucial to ensure that UK science remains strong and to secure a bright future for medical research in the UK. This includes investment in the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF), to enable life-saving research to be conducted. The CRSF covers the direct costs of research, such as the maintenance of laboratories, which charities like CRUK cannot pay as, supporters’ donations are spent directly on research activity.

Related documents

Call for the next Prime Minister to back R&D (June 2019)

Response to Adrian Smith Review on international collaboration (May 2019)

Bench to Bedside: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Medical Research in Northern Ireland (April 2019) – Full Report

Bench to Bedside: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Medical Research in Northern Ireland (April 2019) – Executive Summary

Bench to Bedside: Optimising Medical Research in Scotland through Collaboration – Full Report (April 2019)

Bench to Bedside: Optimising Medical Research in Scotland through Collaboration – Executive Summary (April 2019)

Bench to Bedside: Building a Collaborative Medical Research Environment in Wales (November 2018) – full report (English)

Bench to Bedside: Building a Collaborative Medical Research Environment in Wales (November 2018) – executive summary (English)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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