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Facts & figures

In 2015/16 the MRC’s gross research expenditure, funded by our BIS budgetary allocation and contributions from other bodies, was £927.8m compared to £771.8m in 2014/15. The support for world-class medical research to improve human health and enhance the economic competitiveness of the UK included:

  • £506.8m on grants to researchers in universities, medical schools and research institutes.
  • £171.7m on programmes within the MRC’s own units and institutes including £5.4m on studentships.
  • £167.3.m on programmes within university units and the Francis Crick Institute, including transfer of property, plant and equipment with a net book value of £27.0m.
  • £65.6m on studentships and fellowships in universities, medical schools and research institutes; there were approximately 1400 postgraduate students and 370 fellows in March 2016.
  • £16.4m for international subscriptions.

See page 27 of the MRC Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 for key facts and figures relating to the MRC’s research spending in 2015/16.