Knowledge hub Sector data Analyses Research in the UK and overseas Spending on research in the UK and overseas Research is international and medical research charities are focused on funding the highest quality science, wherever it is. Although they have strong links with the UK, 25 charities (18%) reported overseas spending of a further £122m in 2016. The proportion of international research spend and spending on capital projects varies year on year. Spending on charitable activities As well as funding research, many of our charities also support a range of other charitable activities such as care, support and providing education. For the largest medical research charities, research funding makes up the greatest part of their charitable activities, and much of that in the UK. For others, their focus includes welfare, support, care, education and information alongside investing in research.