Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation focused on health research based in London, in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Henry Wellcome (founder of one of the predecessors of GlaxoSmithKline) to fund research to improve human and animal health. The aim of the Trust is to "support science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone." It had a financial endowment of £29.1 billion in 2020,[4] making it the fourth wealthiest charitable foundation in the world. In 2012, the Wellcome Trust was described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom's largest provider of non-governmental funding for scientific research, and one of the largest providers in the world.[6] According to their annual report, the Wellcome Trust spent GBP £1.1Bn on charitable activities across their 2019/2020 financial year.[7] According to the OECD, the Wellcome Trust’s financing for 2019 development increased by 22% to US$327 million.[8]

Wellcome Trust
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936)
FounderSir Henry Wellcome
Registration no.210183
FocusBiomedical Research
HeadquartersLondon, NW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°31′32.55″N 0°8′6.07″W
Area served
United Kingdom and overseas
Key people
Julia Gillard[1]
Dr Jeremy Farrar[2]
Disbursements£11 billion (1936–2015)[3]
Endowment£25.9 billion[4]