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Government commits £45m to support charity-funded early career researchers  

The Epilepsy Research Institute welcomes the government’s commitment of £45m to support charity-funded early career researchers, as outlined by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in yesterday's budget announcement. This is in addition to the £70m committed via the Medical Research Charities Early-Career Researcher Fund over the past three years. 

The funding will support research by medical charities into conditions such as epilepsy, dementia and cancer and over 1000 early career researchers at 100 institutions funded by 89 different charities. The Association of Medical Research Charities, of which the Institute is a member, has been instrumental in lobbying for this funding and championing early career researchers, who are vital to the research ecosystem. 

Epilepsy Research Institute Chief Executive, Rosemarie Pardington, said, “Today’s announcement is an encouraging sign that the government supports our mission of radically advancing research. Securing more investment for early-career researchers working in epilepsy – a chronically underfunded condition – will help to capacity build the research ecosystem and could enable researchers to address the questions most important to the epilepsy community.” 

Capacity building is one of the Institute’s six key research themes which underpins our strategy. By strengthening and expanding the network of epilepsy researchers in the UK, we hope to drive strategic research investment, enable new multidisciplinary collaborations, and foster research partnerships.  

This week we will be sharing a Feature article which outlines the capacity building work we’re doing to strengthen the research ecosystem. 

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