We have committed over £1 million to fund life-changing research into degenerative diseases

Working with selected partners, our research grants fund PhD Studentships to carry out basic, clinical and epidemiological research projects that aim to improve knowledge, treatment and services.

As our population ages, demand on healthcare and social care services is growing, and our research grants are awarded in recognition of the increasing need for improved treatments and preventions.

Kidney Research UK

Kidney Research UK received a grant of £255,000 to fund three PhD studentships to research the role of microphages in accelerated atherosclerosis during chronic kidney disease.


Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK received £100,000 to fund two PhD studentship staggered over the next two years.

Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight received £100,000 to fund two PhD studentship staggered over the next two years


Previous Medical Research Grants

Prior to our current focus on degenerative diseases we awarded grants to support medical research in many other areas, including those shown below.

Bowel and Cancer Research

Bowel & Cancer Research has been awarded £225,000.  Over the next five years, this grant will fund three PhD studentships.

"Although 41,000 people every year are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 300,000 live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the area of bowel research remains woefully underfunded in relation to the burden of the disease. We have no doubt that the MCF grant to Bowel & Cancer Research will help to change that situation."

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert

Bowel & Cancer Research

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK has been awarded £315,000. This will fund three PhD studentships to research all types of diabetes

Institute of Cancer Research

The Institute of Cancer Research has been awarded a grant of £143,400 to fund one PhD studentship to research cancer



Restore received a grant of £54,000 to fund a Fellowship to research life-saving skin grafting using the immune system.

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Further information

For further information about our Charity Grants programmes or to discuss an application, please contact 020 3146 3337 or email charitygrants@mcf.org.uk