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Medical Research Foundation

About the Medical Research Foundation

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The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is the MRC's independent Charity. The MRF is committed to improving human health by funding more of the medical research that the MRC supports so well. We are committed to extending our support for high quality medical research that addresses the concerns of our donors, and supports current research and health priorities.

We always aim to fund areas of research that are under resourced and where there is unmet clinical need. To find out more about the charity and the research we support, please visit our website.

The Medical Research Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission – registered charity number: 1138223 – and with the Fundraising Regulator. 

How you can support the MRF

Group of peopleA gift, whatever its size will make a real difference to the research that the MRF can support in the future.

By supporting the Medical Research Foundation you can be assured that your donation will be used to support research, research training, facilities to support research or the dissemination of research results. No advocacy, no campaigning, no support services, no advisory services; simply more medical research to improve human health.

There are a number of ways that you can make a personal contribution to the MRF’s research. To donate or to find out more, please visit the MRF support webpage.

Latest News

£2.85m for first National PhD Training Programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance 

The Medical Research Foundation is investing £2.85m to create a national PhD programme that will train new scientists to explore ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the greatest emerging threats to human health.

The first intake of the Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Training Programme will fully fund 18 students for four years in one of 16 participating universities across the UK.

The Medical Research Foundation is continuing to raise funds for this programme, with the aim of funding two further cohorts of antimicrobial resistance PhD students in the future.

To find out more about the programme or to donate to this programme read more.  

MRF makes six new awards for research into mental health related to eating disorders and self-harm

As part of a continued commitment to funding research into child and young adult mental health, the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) and the MRC have together awarded £1.25m to six projects focused on eating disorders and self-harm.

Despite their detrimental impact on the lives of those affected and their families, there is a comparatively small proportion of research focused on understanding the drivers of self-harm and eating disorders.

The two-year charity partnership grants, awarded to researchers across three different universities, aim to better understand the causes of eating disorders, self-harm and associated traits which can be linked to these conditions.

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Applications are sought for the MRF’s Alexander Fleming Dissemination Awards

Applications are sought for Alexander Fleming Dissemination Awards that provide support for the dissemination of MRC and Medical Research Foundation-funded research results beyond the scientific peer reviewed press, to patients, participants, practitioners and policy makers.

The Medical Research Foundation, MRC’s independent charity, supports and funds this scheme from the Fleming Memorial Fund for Medical Research. The Fleming Memorial Fund was established in 1959 in the memory of Sir Alexander Fleming.

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