Immunotherapy is now a mainstream treatment with many universities around the world conducting some really interesting work. The Trustees and I therefore felt that now is a good time to extend our research beyond St George’s University of London and widen our pool of researchers to include the many excellent cancer immunotherapy research centres which now exist around the UK. Funding projects from different universities around the country is an excellent way to increase collaboration amongst the community and will hopefully lead to some interesting developments within the field. As ever, all research projects funded will be closely aligned to my research interests and inspired by my work with patients.
AMRC membership is the hallmark of quality research funding. To be accepted into membership, the ICVI had to demonstrate that we follow the AMRC’s rigorous standards in peer review, enabling us to ensure the research we fund is of the highest quality. We have a published research strategy, and meet a number of other stringent requirements for membership.
Importantly for our small charity, membership of the AMRC also helps our research money go further. Funding from AMRC members that is awarded via open competition is eligible for the Charity Research Support Fund. This fund adds up to 28p to every charity pound invested in universities. In England the fund provides higher education institutes with over £198m each year to support infrastructure costs, enabling charity money to be used to support the direct costs of research.Learn about our grants