Government announces £50 million support for early career researchers

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The Government has announced £50 million of support provided this financial year for early career researchers supported by medical research charities.

George Freeman, Minister of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, said yesterday that the £50 million investment will support researchers across 90 charities early on in their careers. It is aimed at “sparking a new wave of revolutionary medical research across the industry, including in dementia, motor neurone disease and brain tumour research”.

More than £1.3 million will be delivered to brain tumour charities, including Brain Tumour Research.

Dr Karen Noble, our Director of Research, Policy and Innovation, said: “We welcome this £50 million for early career researchers supported by medical research charities, particularly the funding allocated to Brain Tumour Research.

“One of our aims is to develop the next generation of researchers ultimately focusing on all types of brain tumours. Brain Tumour Research plays a pivotal role in providing support for researchers at the early stage of their career, recognising that it is vital that these ‘researchers of tomorrow’ are encouraged to stay in the field of brain tumour research because they will help to unlock the complex puzzle, getting us closer to a cure for this devastating disease.”

The Medical Research Charities Early Career Researchers Support Fund was first introduced in 2021 to provide economic security to medical research charities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to help to “attract, retain, and develop the most talented and diverse researchers into these roles so that the budding world-class researchers of tomorrow are persuaded to work, remain and develop withing the UK”.

Read the full announcement online here.


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