ERUK was delighted to see the publication of the long-awaited UK Health Research Analysis 2018  yesterday, the most comprehensive analysis of health research funding ever compiled. Bringing together data from 146 charity, professional and public sector organisations, the report found that these funders contributed £4.8 billion to support research to improve human health.

The report was compiled by a collaboration of 12 public and charitable funders led by the Medical Research Council, on behalf of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). The UKCRC partnership supports coordination and collaboration between the major stakeholders that influence clinical research in the UK, and these efforts are underpinned by an analysis of UK health research funding every four to five years.

The fourth in the series, the report charts changes in health research over the last 14 years. From 2004 to 2009, public and charitable support for health research grew, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5%, then over the last ten years funding for health research remained, in real terms, almost level with a CAGR of 1.5% (2009 to 2018).

The research analysis includes data from 82 new funders – bringing the total of 146 funders to more than double the number included in the 2014 report – and included coding of over 22,500 projects.

It is the first report in the series to undertake a detailed analysis of international funding support for UK research teams (totalling £240 million income to the UK in 2018) and the first to record UK funder contributions to research overseas (totalling £220 million funding to 66 countries in 2018).

AMRC member charities provide the largest proportion of public funding for multiple stages of the research process.  This is an incredible achievement and for ERUK, our contribution is only possible through the generosity of our supporters. 
Maxine Smeaton, ERUK CEO

In addition to the £4.8 billion of public and charity 2018 funding detailed in this report, the authors have provided estimates for the total expenditure on health research in the UK. Estimates for expenditure in the pharmaceutical sector (£4.3 billion in 2017, continuing the recent recovery following the economic crisis of 2008), brought the estimated total for UK health research to £8.67 billion.

To read the summary of the analysis’ findings, in full, The UK Health Research Analyis 2018 report is available here:

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