About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Its work is helping 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 many disciplines, the Crick will help to improve people's lives and keep 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 TrustUCL (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 undertakes ground-breaking research across a range of scientific disciplines and helps laboratory discoveries to be 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 leading the organisation and 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 laboratory building at St Pancras in 2016.

When it is fully operational, the Francis Crick Institute will employ 1500 staff, including 1250 scientists, and have an operating budget of approximately £130 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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