The Wellcome Trust was established in 1936 as an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. With an endowment of around £15 billion, it is the United Kingdom's largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. On 5 February 2008 the Wellcome Trust committed to increasing its funding for research and large scale biomedical projects to almost £4 billion over the next five years. The overall mission of the trust is "to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health", and in addition to funding biomedical research it supports the public understanding of science.
Funds from the Wellcome Trust have supported several important recent projects:
In addition, the Wellcome Trust has an international research programme carrying out vital research on malaria and other diseases that cause high levels of mortality in Kenya, Malawi, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa.
The Wellcome Trust has also played an important role in encouraging publication of research in open access repositories. The Wellcome Trust believes that maximising the distribution of these papers - by providing free, online access - is the most effective way of ensuring that the research can be accessed, read and built upon. In turn, this will foster a richer research culture.
The Wellcome Collection and exhibitions are open to the public free of charge six days a week.
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