AMRC statement on EU referendum outcome

Published: 24 June 2016

In response to the UK vote to leave the European Union, Lord Sharkey, Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) said:

The UK health and medical research community partners and collaborates with the European Union and its Member States to advance our knowledge and understanding of health.  As the implications of the UK’s vote to leave the EU unfold, we urge the government to engage in a constructive dialogue with the medical research charities sector on the future of EU funding for research in the UK, and the regulations and policies that affect the medical research environment.

Moving forward, we will want the government to ensure an efficient and smooth transition of EU funding and regulations for medical research in the UK to enable it to continue to flourish.


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  1. The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation for the health and medical research charity world, influencing the policy and research environments by harnessing the collective strengths of our members, to demonstrate the sector’s positive impact on health and wellbeing.
  2. AMRC has 133 members which include the largest health and medical charities in the UK: the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and the Wellcome Trust. All members, large and small, work to the same high standards ensuring that every pound they spend on research is invested in lifesaving research of the very highest quality.
  3. In 2014, health and medical research charities:
    • Invested £1.3bn in research here in the UK
    • Financed capital projects worth £111m
    • Funded the salaries of at least 12,000 researchers.