Published on 20 April 2023

DRWF receives portion of £50 million support for researchers funded by medical research charities.

The government has announced a further £50 million to support early career researchers working in medical research funded by charities.

DRWF is among the organisations to benefit from the funding that will go towards some of the commitments we have made to early career researchers.

The latest funding follows an amount of £20 million announced in 2022.

The funding will provide support for more than 1,200 PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and those starting out on a career in research, to help them become the innovators of the future.

Sarah Tutton, Chief Executive of DRWF said: “Charities make a significant contribution to medical research, so this financial assistance is so very important during these challenging times, to make sure that the research that we are funding which improves and saves lives, doesn’t falter.

“The funding that DRWF has secured will go a long way in supporting some of our existing Fellowship and Pump Priming commitments.”

Medical Researcher Using Microscope

Nicola Perrin MBE, Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities said: “This £50 million brings the total the government has provided for early career researchers in the last two difficult years to £70 million. It is heartening that the government recognises that charities continue to face unprecedented challenges, responding to the significant impact that both the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis have had on fundraising. Today’s announcement will help ensure that charities can recover and continue to play their part in delivering the UK’s ambition for life sciences. 

“Nurturing and supporting researchers is key to delivering the Government’s vision to have a large, skilled and agile scientific workforce.”

This funding is an extension of a scheme started last year to support early career researchers in UK institutions funded by medical research charities in recognition of the impact of COVID on fundraising charities.

Government funding for charity-funded early career researchers made last year supported 443 researchers at 64 institutions in all regions of the UK across 80 AMRC member charities.

View an AMRC infographic for more statistics on the impact of the funding so far.

DRWF is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a membership body representing the leading medical and health research charities who deliver high-quality research that saves and improves lives.

Read more about DRWF and the AMRC
Find out more about DRWF-funded research here

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