About us

The Francis Crick Institute will be an inter-disciplinary medical research institute. Its work will help understand why disease develops and find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

By bringing together scientists from all disciplines, it will not only help to improve people's lives but will also keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in medical research, attract high-value investment, and strengthen the economy.

The Francis Crick Institute is a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations - the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

By combining specialist knowledge, expertise and resources from each of these organisations, the Francis Crick Institute will encourage ground-breaking research across a range of scientific disciplines and help make sure that laboratory discoveries are turned into treatments as quickly as possible.

The Francis Crick Institute is a registered charity. Overall responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the institute lies with the Board. A senior management team led by Sir Paul Nurse is responsible for implementing its scientific vision and research strategy.

The organisations in the consortium will invest a total of around £650 million to establish the institute and to ensure that it is resourced to make a major impact when it opens in 2015.

When it is fully operational, the Francis Crick Institute will employ 1500 staff, including 1250 scientists, and have an operating budget of over £100 million a year.

  • The Francis Crick Institute will conduct ground-breaking medical research to understand why disease develops and find new ways to prevent and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.
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