Here at the AMRC it is our mission to help medical and health charities to deliver high-quality research that improves people’s lives. We do this by providing our member charities the following benefits.
We’re a strong collective voice for medical research charities in the UK and work hard to ensure that this voice is heard.By bringing our members together we can deliver a powerful and unified message to influence the research sphere and highlight our contributions to public health.
We speak up for our members’ interests with government, partners and other stakeholders, so that AMRC charities can get on with what they do best – research.
This recognition, visibility and public support helps ensure future funding and a sustainable, positive environment for our field.
The AMRC connects different medical research charities to collaborate and share learning.
Find out more about AMRC members in our member directory.
We help our members meet their charitable objectives by providing vital data, support, guidance and training.
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We understand that stable funding is the foundation of great research. So, we’ve worked hard to ensure that AMRC member charities get access to a variety of different schemes.
Charity Research Support Fund
Funding from AMRC members that is awarded via open competition is eligible for the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF).
The fund adds up to 20p to every charity pound invested in universities.
In England the fund provides higher education institutes with over £198 million/year for infrastructure costs. This frees up charity money to be used to support research directly.
The AcoRD agreement ensures that AMRC members only pay the direct research costs of clinical research in the NHS.
Under AcoRD, the Department of Health meets all costs for local trial co-ordination and management, data collection and regulatory fees.
AMRC members with an annual research spend of £25 million or less can use the Researchfish research outcomes system free of charge until March 2018.
We provide members that use Researchfish ongoing support to use the system and maximise the use of collected data.
Members are invited to quarterly meetings of our Researchfish user group to share ideas, issues and best practice.
We represent all members that use the system at the Researchfish steering board meetings and at other associated groups. This allows queries and suggestions from our members to be fed directly to the Researchfish development and management teams. This can then improve the system’s user experience for our members.
AMRC Open Research
In February 2019, 24 AMRC members launched AMRC Open Research, a new open access publication platform that allows rapid author-led publication and open peer review of the research they fund.
All researchers funded by the participating member charities are able to quickly, easily and cost effectively publish any and all aspects of their work. This includes standard research articles, clinical trial findings, systematic reviews, study protocols, data sets, negative/null results, case reports and more.
Information on the publication process, benefits and FAQ’s about the platform can be found on the website https://amrcopenresearch.org/. There are also a number of blogs on the topic, a blog we wrote for the launch and a series of Q&A blogs written jointly by researchers who have already published on the platform and the charities who fund them (Pancreatic Cancer UK, Marie Curie, Stroke Association).
If your charity is interested in signing up to AMRC Open Research, please contact Jocelyn for more information.
Universities, government and funding bodies use AMRC membership as an indicator of quality research funding. This is because all of our member charities meet our exacting membership standards.
All AMRC members must have a:
Take a look at 'Our year in numbers' infographic to discover some of the different ways our team of twelve supported and represented our members over the last financial year (2017-18).
Contact [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you to give you more details on the benefits of joining the AMRC.
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