Published: 16 September 2020

This report highlights the unique and irreplaceable roles charities play in the life sciences sector. Without charities, the UK would not be the world leader in medical research that it is today. You can download a PDF version of the report here.

Data sources:

    Thousands of promising scientists would lose support to kick-start and develop their research careers

    1. Stat: from AMRC’s annual infographic. Total number of researchers whose salaries/studentships were funded by AMRC charities in 2019. Number is an estimate based on grants data returned by AMRC members and personal communication with members.
    2. Wellbeing of Women: investing in careers of researchers

    Investment into crucial research infrastructure would significantly decrease

    1. Stat: data from UK Health Research Analysis 2018 (UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2020) ISBN 978-0-903730-29-7. Page 112, Appendix 2, Part Two – Indirect Awards: out of the total (£1130.5m), AMRC charities provide £293.3m (26%) of the infrastructure.
    2. Cancer Research UK and Wellcome Trust: the Francis Crick Institute
    3. Parkinson’s UK: Brain Bank and MS Society: Tissue Bank

    Research would be less driven by the needs of patients

    1. Stat: annual member survey, percentage of AMRC members who indicated that they use patient voice to shape their strategic priorities.
    2. Marie Curie: Priority Setting Partnership

    Progress at crucial stages of the medical research process would slow

    1. Stats: data from UK Health Research Analysis 2018 (UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2020) ISBN 978-0-903730-29-7. Additional info can be found in our "Completing the Puzzle" infographic.
    2. Ataxia UK: Nicotinamide as a treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia
    3. Diabetes UK: UK Prospective Diabetes Study

    Funding for cancer and cardiovascular research would drop drastically

    1. Stats: data from UK Health Research Analysis 2018 (UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2020) ISBN 978-0-903730-29-7. Additional info can be found in our "Completing the Puzzle" infographic.
    2. Cancer Research UK: Cancer Grand Challenges
    3. British Heart Foundation: Big Beat Challenge

    Research into many rare diseases would decrease or disappear altogether

    1. Stat: from AMRC’s Spotlight on Rare Diseases
    2. Muscular Dystrophy UK: research into muscle-wasting conditions

    Underfunded conditions would lose crucial research investment

    1. Stat: data from UK Health Research Analysis 2018 (UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2020) ISBN 978-0-903730-29-7.
    2. MQ: Transforming Mental Health: UK mental health research funding

    Targeted regional investment in the UK would decrease, widening geographical inequalities in research

    1. Stat: data from UK Health Research Analysis 2018 (UK Clinical Research Collaboration, 2020) ISBN 978-0-903730-29-7.
    2. North West Cancer Research: tackling cancer across the North West and North Wales

    Less funding would be leveraged into the UK life sciences sector

    1. Stat: based on subset of members who use Researchfish to track research outputs, from AMRC’s Making a difference: Impact Report 2019
    2. Cancer Research UK: attracting inward investment
    3. Fight for Sight: Nightstar Therapeutics