Funding through Trusts, Foundations & Research Organizations.

Brain tumour research funding in the UK comes from such bodies such as the Medical Research Council which allocates money for scientific equipment, salaries for scientists and will distribute the funding to institutions in a somewhat competitive manner. The Wellcome Trust is the UK's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research and provides well over half billion pounds per year in grants to scientists and funds for research centers.

In the United States, the most recent data suggest that over $100 billion per year is allocated for biomedical research where the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies collectively contribute well over $50 billion per year which constitutes 60% of the $100 billion respectively.


Several biotech companies contribute to the overall number by allocating 20% investment along with medical device companies about 10%. Other sources include foundations and charities, led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributing 3% of the overall funding.

The Brain Tumour Charity is grateful for the support of many charitable trusts and foundations, both in the UK and internationally, which are having a significant impact across all areas of their work. These investments are making it possible for them to fund the best research to help find a cure, support everybody affected by this devastating disease and raise awareness of brain tumours to save lives.

Medical research in the European Union In the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6; 2002-2006), research on the brain and related diseases was supported through the Priority I - Life Sciences, in the area 'Studying the brain and combating diseases of the nervous system'. About EUR 157 million has been invested for brain research projects and additional EUR 99 million were funded across other related areas. Projects funded cover basic to clinical research, including identification of genes and molecules playing a role in brain diseases, pathophysiology of diseases, as well as development of new therapies and diagnostic tools.

Overall, more than EUR 875 million has been made available to support 187 brain research projects in the period 2002-11.