MRC spending and accountability

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MRC facts and figures

In 2017/18 the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) gross research expenditure, funded by our Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) allocation and contributions from other bodies, was £814.1 million, compared to £755.5 million in 2016/17. The support for world-class medical research to improve human health and enhance the economic competitiveness of the UK included:

  • £380.2 million on grants to researchers in universities, medical schools and research organisations
  • £150 million on programmes within the MRC’s own units and institutes including £4 million on studentships
  • £194.1 million on programmes within university units and partnership institutes including transfer of property, plant and equipment with a net book value of £24.2 million
  • £71.4 million on studentships and fellowships in universities, medical schools and research establishments
  • £18.3 million for international subscriptions.

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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