Policy and advocacy

Through campaigns and partnerships, Wellcome brings together people and resources from across society to get the most out of research. It’s how we make sure great ideas improve health, as quickly as possible, for everyone.

What we do 

We focus on the world's biggest health challenges and supporting the best possible environment for researchers to thrive.

Our work with researchers and policy makers – as well as commercial, charitable and non-governmental organisations around the world – informs decisions about science and health, and provides strong evidence for coordinated global action.

Areas we work in 

Covid-19: supporting global research and development

We want to help the world overcome Covid-19. We’re calling for urgent international action to get lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines from the laboratory to the front line, so they reach those most in need around the world.

Epidemics: outsmarting deadly outbreaks

The human and economic cost of epidemics is unsustainable. Effective research and coordinated action stop outbreaks spiralling into global health emergencies.


We worked with EU institutions, the UK government, the research sector and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Latest reports and briefings 

Wellcome Global Monitor 2018

The world’s largest study into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges.

For more about our policy work, browse our briefings and consultation responses.

Our team