Government announces £51 million for Our Future Health

News – 23 November 2023
Extra funding will help recruit new volunteers to the UK’s largest health research programme

The Government has announced £51 million of new funding for Our Future Health in the Autumn Statement.

The extra funding will go towards genotyping the first one million participants and recruiting hundreds of thousands of new volunteers, and will be delivered through UK Research and Innovation, the UK Government-funded body that invests in science and research.

The overall aim of the Our Future Health programme is to enable everyone to live longer and healthier lives by recruiting a cohort of 5 million people that truly reflects the diversity of the UK.

Over 1 million people have already joined the programme since we opened our doors to the public just over a year ago.

Dr Raghib Ali, pictured at an Our Future Health mobile clinic

Dr Raghib Ali OBE, Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer at Our Future Health, said: “We are delighted the Government is supporting Our Future Health with a further £51 million, demonstrating its confidence in our potential to enable new breakthroughs on disease prevention and early detection.

“This extra investment will help us achieve our goal of developing the world’s largest ever health research programme, whose discoveries will help transform healthcare around the world and give everyone the chance of longer and healthier lives.”

Our Future Health is funded by an ambitious collaboration between the public, charity and private sectors. We received initial funding of £79 million from UK Research and Innovation and have also received over £150 million from leading life sciences companies, who are investing in and providing their expertise to support the design and delivery of our programme.

Let’s prevent disease together

By volunteering for Our Future Health, you can help health researchers discover new ways to prevent, detect and treat common conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

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