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Our philosophy

Good health makes life better. We want to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

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.

Together, we can do more. We can drive reform to ensure that ideas can reach their full potential. And we can give focused, intensive support when we see real opportunities to transform lives.

As an independent charitable foundation, we’re willing to take risks. We combine the ability to act swiftly with long-term ambition.

That’s how we make life better.

Find out more about our approach to improving health on our dedicated strategy website.

Flexible research careers

We make every effort to ensure we provide a flexible and fair funding system that allows excellent applicants, both women and men, to be successful. 

Monitoring our progress

To help inform future strategy and build the evidence base to demonstrate the importance of biomedical research to the economy and wider society, we monitor the outcomes and impacts of our support.

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