One of the Academy’s greatest strengths is its ability to convene the best medical scientists to address some of the most significant challenges facing society.
With the Fellowship at the core, we set, and respond to, the policy agenda. Our policy work also helps to deliver our other strategic objectives of Nurturing the next generation of medical researchers; Linking academia, industry and the NHS; and Seizing international opportunities.
To see a full list of current and past projects, please visit the Policy section.
Health and wealth are intrinsically linked: we prioritise projects that address significant health problems, and those that contribute to economic growth in the UK or internationally.
We tackle public health challenges such as obesity and infectious diseases. Our major project on stratified medicine focused on removing the infrastructure, regulatory and economic barriers that prevent the UK realising the benefits of a more personalised approach to therapeutics.
A sustainable science and innovation base and an appropriately regulated research environment are vital to the health and wealth of the UK and beyond. We seek to ensure this through our work on careers policy, on the funding of research, and on the regulation and governance of research involving people and animals.
Most recently, the Academy has released a report on the "Team science" approach to research.
We maximise our impact by:
Ensuring credibility. Our policy activities are informed by the leading experts in the field and all our policy reports are subject to peer review.
Engaging with stakeholders. We ensure that our recommendations are made with an understanding of the perspective of stakeholders.
Participating in networks and partnerships. We collaborate with like-minded organisations to agree common positions and to share information (e.g. the UK Bioscience Sector Coalition). Membership of formal advisory committees enables us to influence policy at its earliest stages and to disseminate our reports.
Following up policy recommendations. We have a commitment in our strategy to follow up the key recommendations and conclusions of our reports within 2 years of publication. We recently held follow-up events on regulation and governance of health research and stratified medicine, involving those at whom the recommendations are targeted.
We connect our Fellows and other experts with policymakers through workshops, roundtables, briefings and networking events. Our Fellows and staff sit on a diverse range of formal and ad hoc committees that advise government.
Through the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, events at the annual Party Conferences, briefing papers and private meetings we engage and inform Parliamentarians.
We are training a new generation of researchers who are confident in engaging in policy through our highly successful policy internship scheme for PhD students who are funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome.
Our Fellows are at the cutting edge of their fields. They ensure that the Academy can look ahead to identify future healthcare needs and technological advances and the research programmes and workforce required to address these.
Our major policy projects on Health of the Public in 2040, Animals containing human material and Human enhancement and the future of work (the latter with the other National Academies) have taken a particularly forward looking approach.