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 has the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions underpinning health and disease.

Its work is helping in the fight against illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, neurodegenerative conditions and infectious diseases.

Named in honour of British scientist Francis Crick, the institute brings 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 promotes connections between researchers, between disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses.

The institute's fresh approach extends 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 exerts wider influence as a flagship for UK biomedical science.

On 1 April 2015, the Francis Crick Institute reached an important milestone as it moves towards opening in 2016. At this time researchers at the MRC's National Institute for Medical Research and CRUK's London Research Institute became part of the Francis Crick Institute. 

The construction of the institute's new facilities at St Pancras will not be completed until late 2015. Researchers will remain at their existing laboratories until they begin a phased move to St Pancras in early 2016. 

The new building is located in the London Borough of Camden in early 2016, 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 Crick building philanthropically. To find out more about the Create The Change campaign and supporting it with a major gift, please click here.