About us

The Francis Crick Institute is an interdisciplinary medical research institute. Its work is helping us to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

By bringing together scientists from all disciplines, it is helping to improve people's lives and is also keeping the UK at the forefront of innovation in medical research, attracting high-value investment and strengthening 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 (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), 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 encourages ground-breaking research across a range of scientific disciplines and helps 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 its Board. An Executive Management Team led by Sir Paul Nurse is responsible for implementing its scientific vision and research strategy.

The organisations in the consortium have invested a total of around £650 million to establish the institute and to ensure that it is resourced to make a major impact.

The MRC's National Institute for Medical Research and CRUK's London Research Institute (at Lincoln's Inn Fields and Clare Hall) became part of the Francis Crick Institute on 1 April 2015 but will remain at their existing locations until they move into the new institute at St Pancras in early 2016.

When it is fully operational in early 2016, 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 conducts ground-breaking medical research to understand why disease develops and find new ways to prevent and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases.
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