The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

The Crick is a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations - the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

At the heart of the Crick's philosophy is a commitment to the highest quality science. We believe that the necessary quality can only be delivered through a focus on the best and most imaginative scientists, which in turn requires a broad and flexible approach to our scientific programme.

The span and diversity of our research, plus the interactions we will develop with researchers from the three university founders, will promote cross-fertilisation between studies of different diseases and novel approaches to scientific enquiry.

Our research programme is defined by seven high level science questions reflecting both major issues of interest in biomedical research and the current research strategies of our six founders. To address these strategic questions, research groups at the Crick span a wide range of Research Topics across multiple Research Sites.

The Crick's commitment to excellence, our emphasis on multidisciplinary research, our focus on young and emerging talent, our novel ways of partnership working, and our plans to export our best people to other institutions are some of the factors that will set us apart.

We have five strategic priorities:

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Key facts

  • The Crick conducts cutting-edge biomedical research to improve our understanding of human health and disease.
  • When fully operational, the Institute will employ 1500 staff, including 1250 scientists.
  • New St Pancras location opening summer 2016.