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Biomedical science

We support research into all aspects of science: from molecules and cells vital to life, through the spread of diseases or the vectors of disease across the globe, to clinical and public health research to improve the quality of healthcare.

Research can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field, and may involve experimental or theoretical approaches.

We not only fund scientists but we also support undergraduate and doctoral students, clinicians, dentists and veterinarians. We fund the best researchers with the most innovative and exciting ideas in the form of personal and research support, collaborations and support for symposia, conferences and workshops. A significant proportion of our funding is devoted to support those working overseas.

About biomedical science

We support molecular, cellular and structural biology, as well as clinical, physiological, psychological, epidemiological and public health research.

Our funding schemes
Investigator Awards Funding for world-class researchers and clinicians with a compelling long-term vision for their research.
Fellowships Funding for non-tenured researchers and clinicians at every stage of their career.
Seed Awards Funding to support the generation of new ideas.
Collaborative Awards Funding for collaborative research by teams.
Multi-user equipment grants Support for multi-user items of equipment.
PhD funding and undergraduate opportunities Support for postgraduate and undergraduate study.
Biomedical resource and technology development grants Support to establish or maintain biomedical resources.
Global health trials scheme Support for late-stage trials of interventions to help improve health in low- and middle-income countries.
Other schemes International Research Scholars Programme, Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers, Springboard Awards and Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship.

See Funding schemes for full details of all biomedical science funding schemes.

For information about applying to the Trust, Grant Conditions, eligibility and deadlines see  Application information. Current grantholders should see Managing a grant.

Funded projects

Featured project The 1000 Genomes Project

An ambitious effort to sequence the genomes of at least 1000 people to create the most detailed and medically useful catalogue to date of human genetic variation.

See all funded projects

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