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The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

By bringing together scientists from many disciplines, the Crick will help to improve people's lives and keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in medical research, attracting high-value investment and strengthening the economy.

The institute is a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations – the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London. These organisations have invested £650 million to establish the institute and to ensure that it is resourced to make a major impact.

By combining specialist knowledge, expertise and resources from each of these organisations, the Francis Crick Institute undertakes ground-breaking research across a range of scientific disciplines and helps laboratory discoveries to be turned into treatments as quickly as possible.

Shortlisted for Civil Service Award

In 2015 the Francis Crick Institute was shortlisted in the Project and Programme Management category at the Civil Service Awards, a cross-government programme which recognises and celebrates inspirational individuals and innovative projects within the civil service.

Sandy Bulger, Director of Major Projects at the MRC, said: “Getting to the final stage of this award is a great achievement for all those who have contributed towards the success of the Francis Crick Institute project. My thanks go to all the partners involved — Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial College and King’s College — and to BIS, but more particularly to my colleagues at the MRC and to the Executive Team of the Crick, who have all shown outstanding commitment and ability in delivering a truly remarkable new medical research institute.”

For more information visit the Francis Crick Institute website.