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Our Funders

We are funded by a consortium of ten organisations listed below

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council improves human health through world-class medical research. We fund research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. Our research has resulted in life-changing discoveries for over a hundred years.

We are a non-departmental public body funded through the government's science and research budget. We invest in research on behalf of the UK tax payer. Scientists apply for funding for their research and applications are reviewed by panels of independent experts.

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Arthritis Research UK

Everything we do is driven by knowledge to positively impact on what matters to people with arthritis. Our long-term commitment is to: prevent the onset of arthritis develop a cure for arthritis transform the lives of those with arthritis. "I am in control, independent and recognised"

Over the next five years to 2020 we want to make a positive and tangible change in the quality of life for people with arthritis so that they can say “I am in control, independent and recognised”.

We want people with arthritis to:
- do the things that make their lives fulfilling and meaningful
- manage their condition and the impact it has on their day to day lives
- feel that they have a voice and are being heard, understood and visible.

We can't achieve all this alone. We'll work in partnership with other organisations and influence others to address what's important to people living with arthritis.

You can help too. Please join our fight against arthritis by telling your story and supporting our work.

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Cancer Research UK

We fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. We also provide cancer information to the public.

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Chief Scientist Office

CSO are part of the Scottish Government Health Directorates. Their vision is to support and increase the level of high-quality health research conducted in Scotland. This is for the health and financial benefits of our population so that Scotland is recognised globally as a ‘come to place’ for health science.

The CSO's website contains information about all aspects of the work of CSO which encompasses awarding grants and fellowships, funding research units, supporting all research in NHS Scotland through NRS (NHS Research Scotland), contributing to UK-wide research programmes managed by NETSCC, encouraging industry funded research and fostering a research culture in NHSScotland.

Latest news is also available on the website or via the twitter page @CSO_Scotland

Engineering & Social Research Council

We are the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector.

We are a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established by Royal Charter in 1965 and receive most of our funding through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Our research is vigorous and authoritative, as we support independent, high-quality, relevant social science.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.

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British Heart Foundation

We are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Health and Care Research Wales

Our vision is for Wales to be internationally recognised for our excellent health and social care research that has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.

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Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health.

Science and research expand knowledge by testing and investigating ideas. This new understanding can be applied to health and change medicine, behaviour and society.

That’s why we support thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world to explore great ideas, at every step of the way from discovery to impact.