The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 and with an endowment of around £15 billion, it is the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research.
We spend about £650 million every year both in the UK and internationally achieving our mission: supporting and promoting research to improve the health of humans and animals.
As well as tackling immediate priorities, our independence and long-term perspective enable us to support research that will benefit future generations. We also seek to improve understanding of the ways science and medicine have developed, and how research affects people and society today.
At the Wellcome Trust we strive to work in a way that maximises our ability to achieve our mission - to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. Our Strategic Plan sets out the strategic aims and objectives through which we further our mission. It also identifies our major priorities for the five-year period and our ten key indicators of progress.
Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Henry Wellcome died in 1936, at which time the Wellcome Trust was established, using the entire share capital of his drug company. The Trustees were charged with spending the income from the company to support medical research and research into the history of medicine.
Explore a wealth of publications covering all aspects of the work we fund. Browse our corporate publications to learn about our achievements and impacts, find out details of our finances, and read about our strategy for the future. Keep up to date with the latest research developments with our newsletters and guides to science and medicine. Access archived reports of Trust-funded meetings and events.
- Annual Review
- Strategic Plan 2005-2010
- Annual Report and Financial Statements
- Guides to science and medicine
- Books and reports
- CD ROMs
- Introducing the Wellcome Trust