Over 30 years ago a small, diverse group of medical research charities formed the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then our membership has grown to over 140 charities and we continue to lead and support the sector in delivering high-quality research that saves and improves lives.

We equip our member charities with regular guidance and training, provide quality standards and carry out an audit every five years to ensure they’re supporting the best research and researchers. This in turn helps them to deliver the changes that really matter to patients.

To help our member charities maximise the impact of their investment, we play a vital role in influencing the research environment - from forging partnerships, to voicing our member charities’ concerns and ideas to policy makers - we ensure medical research charities get the recognition and voice that they deserve and need.

We publish an infographic every three months to summarise what we’ve accomplished over that quarter. Take a look to get an idea of what we do for our member charities.

Our vision

The AMRC will be the leading voice of the health and medical research charity sector, supporting charities to deliver high-quality research and champion impact for patient and public benefit.

Our mission

The AMRC brings together and supports health and medical charities to produce high-quality research. We do this by influencing policy and research, and highlighting the sector’s contribution to patient and public health.

Our strategy

As part of our 2016-19 strategic plan,  we consulted with members and developed five strategic objectives. These are to:

  1. Provide leadership and future focus
    We’re at the forefront of healthcare policy and research field. We share information and guidance on future trends and developments.

  2. Emphasise the benefits of patient-centric research
    We work with our members and the life sciences ecosystem to ensure that patients’ views are at the heart of research.

  3. Demonstrate impact
    We encourage and support best practice by providing independent data that allows members to benchmark their results and measure their impact.

  4. Encourage innovative partnerships 
    We facilitate new collaborations and partnerships between our members and other funders, including industry, to maximise resources and results.

  5. Campaign for a supportive funding environment 
    We’re working to ensure the best possible environment for health and medical research charities in the UK.

Find out all about our team.