Government funding for one year is not enough

27 March 2015        

Researcher working at a lab bench

Government funding for the indirect costs of research until at least the end of 2016 has been confirmed. But we remain concerned about the lack of a long term commitment to this vital scheme.

We fund over 1,000 research projects at UK universities looking into how to better understand, diagnose and treat the many forms of cardiovascular disease. That pioneering science is only possible because of the generosity of our supporters. Thanks to the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF), every pound we give to universities should go on research and not indirect costs like heating and lighting.

But the CRSF has remained at the same level, £198 million, since 2010 despite charity funding for medical research increasing over the past five years. Alongside the other members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, we are calling on a long term commitment to the CRSF in order to ensure that as much of our supporters' donations go on life saving research rather than university running costs.

One of our BHF Professors, Michael Schneider, recently wrote about the importance of the fund.

Reacting to this news, our Director of Policy, Mike Hobday, said:

"It's reassuring to learn that government funding for the indirect costs of medical research funded by charities will continue until 2016 but this is far from the long term commitment needed.

"Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we fund the majority of cardiovascular research in UK universities. But without the Government's long term investment in science, the British Heart Foundation's funding for life saving research will not go as far. It could put new tests and treatments for heart disease further out of reach and prolong the suffering of the 7 million people in the United Kingdom living with cardiovascular disease."

You can help us call on the next government to maintain the ring-fencing of the science budget and commit to future increases.

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