Largest analysis of UK health research funding published

28th January 2020

A report published today delivers the most comprehensive analysis of UK health research funding ever compiled. Bringing together data from 146 charity, professional and public sector organisations, the UK Health Research Analysis 2018 found that in 2018 these funders contributed £4.8 billion to support research to improve human health.

Half of public and charity support for health research was directed at basic science, which underpins further study or seeks to identify the causes and progression of disease. It is this discovery science that will provide a pipeline of new potentially transformative ideas, technologies and methods for the future.

Funders have continued to increase funding for other areas, such as prevention-related research (e.g. vaccine development and smoking/dietary interventions), that were identified as having lower investment in previous UK health research analyses.

Guts UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Did you know that members of this association fund over 40% of UK medical research? Since 2008 – these crucial charities have invested over £13 billion in research in the UK.

Research really is everything – it saves lives. Help Guts UK strive for a world where digestive disorders are better understood, better treated and everyone who lives with one gets the support they need. Support our research here.

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