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.

How we influence and inform policy

We work with a wide range of partners, including governments, research funders, learned societies, charities and commercial organisations, in the UK, Europe and globally.

Areas we work in 

Climate and health

Our vision is a world in which climate change does not harm health in the communities it affects most.

Infectious disease

Our vision is a world in which escalating infectious diseases are under control in the communities most affected. 

Mental health

Our vision is a world in which no one is held back by mental health problems.


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 

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

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