Wellcome Trust

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Wellcome Trust
Founded1936; 83 years ago (1936)
FounderSir Henry Wellcome
Registration no.210183
FocusBiomedical Research
HeadquartersWellcome Building, 215 Euston Rd., London, United Kingdom, NW1 2BE
Coordinates51°31′32.55″N 0°8′6.07″W / 51.5257083°N 0.1350194°W / 51.5257083; -0.1350194
Area served
United Kingdom and overseas
Key people
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller[1]
Dr Jeremy Farrar[2]
Disbursements£11 billion (1936-2015)[3]
Endowment£23.2 billion[4]
SloganGood health makes life better. We want to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

The Wellcome Trust is a biomedical research charity based in London. It was established in 1936. The money came from legacies of the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome. Its purpose is to fund research to improve human and animal health.

The Trust aims to "achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds". In addition to funding biomedical research, it supports the public understanding of science. It has an endowment of £23.2 billion (2017) making it the second wealthiest charitable foundation in the world (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the richest).[4][6]

The Trust has been described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom's largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research. It is one of the largest providers in the world.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eliza Manningham-Buller to be next Chair of the Wellcome Trust".
  2. Van Noorden, Richard (2013). "Clinician to head Wellcome Trust: Jeremy Farrar to lead one of world’s largest research charities.". Nature 497 (7447): 19. doi:10.1038/497019a. 
  3. "Wellcome Trust aims to increase spend to £5 billion over next 5 years".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Wellcome's charitable spend reaches record levels". Wellcome Trust. 2017.
  5. "Charity Commission factsheet for the Wellcome Trust". Charity Commission for England and Wales. 17 December 2015.
  6. Alok Jha (9 April 2012), "Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science", The Guardian
  7. Andrew Jack (2012-04-10). "Wellcome challenges science journals". Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-04-16.