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Collaboration spaces inside the Crick

Collaboration spaces inside the Crick

The Crick is a landmark partnership between the UK's three largest funders of biomedical research: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust, and three of its leading universities: UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London. This represents an unprecedented joining of forces to tackle major scientific problems and generate solutions to the emerging health challenges of the 21st century.

The partnership occurs in the context of a strong national commitment to life sciences research and innovation, reflected in the government's Strategy for UK Life Sciences and associated plans to boost innovation uptake within the National Health Service. 

The Crick brings together the very significant biomedical and physical science strengths that exist within London, while fostering interaction with other centres of excellence across the UK. 

We actively develop and promote novel forms of partnership, both with our founders and the broader UK scientific community. By creating an integrated biomedical research effort that brings together the best minds from research, academia and industry, we are maximising opportunities for scientific discovery, for world-class training, for translation to transform health and the economy, and for engagement with audiences outside science.

A multi and interdisciplinary approach

Biomedicine is becoming progressively more dependent on other scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering and computational sciences. To succeed in this changing environment, we must develop ways of working that are receptive to new techniques and approaches and unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Our internal structure is not arranged along disciplinary lines. Instead, we encourage the bottom-up development of 'interest groups' that bring together researchers from across the organisation to share insights and plan activities in areas of common scientific interest.

Around 1250 scientists will work in the Crick and the building is designed to encourage mixing. Scientists will be drawn together at interaction and collaboration facilities located at the centre of each floor and at the institute-wide facilities on the ground floor.

The integration of the three university founders, UCL, Imperial and King's bring to the Crick a huge volume and range of expertise and facilities, in particular from the physical, engineering and clinical sciences. Increased interactions between biological and physical sciences will pay dividends to both sides, introducing new data, methodologies, concepts and perspectives and stimulating the development of novel approaches to problems.

For in-depth information, download our booklet Discovery without boundaries: [PDF].


  • Around 1250 scientists from a range of scientific disciplines will work collaboratively in the Francis Crick Institute once it's fully up and running in early 2016.
  • The new research facility is specially designed to encourage interaction.
  • Groundbreaking research emerges from sharing insights and techniques and responding to challenges.