About us

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.

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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.

What we do
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Here you can find our policies and positions, spotlights on topics of strategic importance to the Trust, and written responses to major external consultations.

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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.

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The Wellcome Trust employs over 500 staff . Our governing document is our constitution, and our Board of Governors has ultimate responsibility for what we do. Here you can find out more about our governance, as well as our divisions and the departments within them.


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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.

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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.


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One of the largest medical charities in the world, the Wellcome Trust can offer a variety of opportunities in many different areas, including science funding, investments, communications, information systems and conservation in the world-renowned Wellcome Library.


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Here you can find contact details for general enquiries as well as specific departments. Read about visiting our headquarters - the Gibbs Building - Wellcome Collection or the Wellcome Library, all on Euston Road, London.

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