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.
To see a full list of current and past projects, please visit the Policy section.
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. Much of our policy work also addresses significant public health health problems, both in the UK or internationally.
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. 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 connect our Fellows and other experts with policymakers through workshops, roundtables, briefings and networking events. Our Fellows and staff work with a diverse range of formal and ad hoc groups that advise government, including the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, events at the annual Party Conferences, briefing papers and private meetings. We are also 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.