Published: 27 May 2021

In response to Government’s announcement of £20 million support for early career researchers supported by charities, Hilary Reynolds, CEO of the Association of Medical Research Charities said:

“This amounts to only a small step on the journey towards the funding that is so desperately needed. The threat to the continuing strength of charity funded medical research is clear and present. Health conditions do not magically disappear until the funds are available for research to address them. For many people, their family and friends, charity funding for research is their hope for a future with more time with loved ones and a better quality of life.  

“However, we’re pleased that the Government have recognised the importance of charity funded research and are grateful that even a limited sum has been found to support some charity funded early career researchers.

“The detail about how the funds will be made available are not yet finalised, but we will continue to work with Government and officials to understand more, as well as striving to secure further, sustainable support so that the UK’s capacity to tackle the biggest health challenges can continue.”