The institute

The Francis Crick Institute is an ambitious project to create a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation in the heart of London.

Dedicated to research excellence, it will have the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease.

Its work will help in the fight against disease such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, difficult-to-treat neurodegenerative conditions, and infectious diseases.

Named in honour of British scientist Francis Crick, the institute will bring together the research capacities and complementary expertise of the organisations in this innovative partnership: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

It will promote connections between researchers, between disciplines, and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses.

The institute's fresh approach will extend to progressing research breakthroughs to practical applications in hospitals and pharmacies.

As well as being a substantial centre in its own right, the Francis Crick Institute will exert wider influence as a flagship and asset for UK biomedical science.

The institute, scheduled to open in 2015, will be situated in the London Borough of Camden amid a unique cluster of scientific skill, leading hospitals and one of the world's top universities, UCL. It will provide a new focal point for the extraordinary talent and knowledge in the area while playing its part in the life of the local community.

  • Francis Crick (1916 - 2004) was one of Britain's great scientists. He is best known for his work with James Watson which led to the identification of the structure of DNA in 1953, drawing on the work of Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and others.
  • Cancer Research UK is the
    only founding partner raising funds for the building philanthropically. To find out more about the Create The Change campaign and supporting it with a major gift, please click here.