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Wellcome Trust
HeadquartersLondon, NW1
United Kingdom
LocationEuston Road,
London, NW1
Coordinates51°31′32.55″N 0°8′6.07″W / 51.5257083°N 0.1350194°W / 51.5257083; -0.1350194
Key peopleBaroness Eliza Manningham-Buller[1]
(Chair)
Dr Jeremy Farrar[2]
(Director)

The Wellcome Trust is a biomedical research charity based in London. It was established in 1936. The money came from legacies of the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome. Its purpose is to fund research to improve human and animal health.

The Trust aims to "achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds". In addition to funding biomedical research, it supports the public understanding of science. It has an endowment of £23.2 billion (2017) making it the second wealthiest charitable foundation in the world (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the richest).[3][4]

The Trust has been described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom's largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research. It is one of the largest providers in the world.[5]

References

  1. "Eliza Manningham-Buller to be next Chair of the Wellcome Trust". http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2015/WTP058871.htm. 
  2. Van Noorden, Richard (2013). "Clinician to head Wellcome Trust: Jeremy Farrar to lead one of world's largest research charities". Nature 497 (7447): 19. doi:10.1038/497019a . PMID 23636375 . 
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named endowment.
  4. Alok Jha (9 April 2012), "Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science", The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/apr/09/wellcome-trust-academic-spring?newsfeed=true 
  5. Andrew Jack (2012-04-10). "Wellcome challenges science journals". Financial Times. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/81529c58-8330-11e1-ab78-00144feab49a.html#axzz1sBED7IHy. Retrieved 2012-04-16.