What we do

We're helping create a healthier future for everyone through research.  

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Our mission 

We’re spending £16 billion in the decade to 2032 on research and advocacy supporting science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.

Our priorities 

People we fund generate new knowledge about life, health and wellbeing. Discoveries made today will transform health in ways we can't yet imagine. That's why our outlook is broad, from cells to societies, physical sciences to cultural inquiry, including Wellcome Collection. 

We're also bringing together expertise from across science, innovation and society to find equitable solutions in climate and health, infectious disease, and mental health. 

To achieve all of this, our work focuses on four programmes. 

Our approach 

Funding research

We're financially and politically independent. This gives us a unique position to fund ambitious research around the world, across all fields and disciplines. 

Explore grant funding

Advocating for policy change

We bring together governments, affected communities, funders and organisations from across the world to advocate for evidence-based policies that improve health. 

Read how we inform policy

Improving research environments

We're breaking down barriers to make research environments more open, engaged, ethical and efficient.

Read about research environments

Our impact so far 

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI): an essential partnership advancing vaccine development

We are a founding member of CEPI: an innovative global partnership accelerating the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases, such as Covid-19.

Human Genome Project: generating the first human genome sequence

We co-funded a landmark project advancing genomic techniques. Today the finished human genome sequence is an essential, accessible resource.

Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change

We support the work of the Lancet Countdown. This report updates and holds world leaders accountable for their role in combatting climate change.