'Medical research charities: our sector’s footprint’ is an infographic sheet with key facts and figures about AMRC members and the research they fund.

Published 12 June 2019

To find out more about the stories behind the stats, read this blog written by Eva Garritsen, Data and Impact officer at AMRC.

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2019 Infographic sources:

Medical research in the UK

  1. More than 7 million: CAF UK Giving report 2019 and mid-year 2017 UK population estimates for adults 20+ years from ONS
  2. Every £1: Total estimated return from public and charitable investment in medical research, every year, forever. See Medical Research: What it's worth? report for full explanation of calculation and all assumptions and caveats.
  3. £1.3bn: Collective research spend in the UK for 2017/18 financial year by 146 AMRC members; £1.1bn: £1,061.5m, page 30 of NIHR annual report 2016/17; £0.8bn: £814.1m, page 21 of MRC annual report 2017/18
    An accompanying briefing on charity investment can be found here.
  4. 146: number of AMRC member charities (June 2019)
  5. £13bn: Total research spend in the UK from 2009 to 2019 by AMRC members

Charity funded research in 2018

  1. 17,000: Total number of researchers whose salaries/studentships were paid for by AMRC charities in 2018. Number is an estimate based on grants data returned by AMRC members and personal communication with members. Number of PhD students was calculated as the number of Postgraduate Studentship grants active in 2018.
  2. 94%: The percent of AMRC member grants active in 2018 in the UK that took place in universities or hospitals, including NHS-affiliated institutions.
  3. Map: apportioned value of awards active in 2018 by UK region. 2.5% were unknown.

Partnering to maximise investment and impact

  1. 1 in 8: Proportion of AMRC grants active in 2018 that were reported to be co-funded with other organisation(s). Co-funding organisations were categorised by type and the top 5 most common types are displayed with the relative percentage of co-funded awards. Public bodies include UKRI, NIHR and other UK and non-UK governmental and public bodies. Private sector includes private companies and industry. Organisation types with lower percentages that are not shown include universities, NHS/hospitals, networks, institutes, societies, and other. Some grants were co-funded with organisations in multiple sectors, which were grouped together into one ‘multiple’ category. These are not included in the percentages shown.

Making a difference for patients

  1. 212,000: Number of patients consented in the UK to take part in clinical research studies or trials funded by AMRC member charities between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. Data extracted from NIHR Clinical Research Network Open Data Platform. Annual data cut 27 April 2019.
  2. 31%: Percentage of non-commercial research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network that were funded by AMRC member charities between April 2018 and March 2019. Data extracted from NIHR Clinical Research Network Open Data Platform. Annual data cut 27 April 2019.
  3. Top specialties: Breakdown of total number of participants in UK recruited into AMRC member funded studies by specialty (figures rounded down to nearest 500). Data extracted from NIHR Clinical Research Network Open Data Platform. Annual data cut 27 April 2019.