How the Council is funded

The Council is jointly funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. These funding bodies do not have a role in selecting topics for the Council to examine or influencing the conclusions the Council reaches.

The funding structure is on a five year rolling system, designed to allow the Council and its secretariat some flexibility to plan future work while maintaining intellectual independence and giving adequate financial stability. 

Occasionally, the Council also receives funds for specific projects: for example, in 2004 the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation provided funding for a workshop on the ethics of healthcare research in developing countries; and in 2010 the Nuffield Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council agreed to jointly fund a Council-based Fellowship on solidarity.

Following the satisfactory completion of a strategic review that the Council undertook in the early part of 2012, the Council’s funding has been agreed to the end of 2016. The Council’s Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016 is available here