Charity funding is paramount to UK research

13 October 16

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Ade Deane-Pratt

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An AMRC infographic on the impact medical research charities have on the UK research environment.

Fight for Sight is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). It’s the UK membership organisation that gives us a joint voice to shout about the value of medical research on the eye, blindness and many other conditions. As a member we have to comply with AMRC standards for making sure our research funding process of peer review is fair, open and high-quality.

Today, the AMRC has published an infographic on the impact medical research charities have on the UK research environment. Last year, the total amount invested in research by AMRC members was £1.4 billion.

The infographic shows that in 2015

  • AMRC members fund more than 40% of publicly funded medical research nationally
  • At least 10 million people donated to medical research in 2015
  • 94% of charity-funded research takes place in UK universities and hospitals
  • Charities funded the salaries of at least 15,000 researchers in the UK
  • Charities invested £129 million in capital projects in the UK
  • Charity funding stimulated more than £500 million further investment

And that

  • AMRC members fund essential research in all areas of health and ill health
  • 190,000 people were recruited into charity-funded trials in 2015
  • 26% of non-commercial research in the NHS is funded by charities

So it’s clear that that the money we receive in donations for eye research really is helping to make a huge difference.

You can download the infographic as a PDF from the AMRC website.

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