The Academy is thinking about its vision and strategy for the next ten years.
We will use this to define, and redefine, our work.
Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.
But what does it mean to do this in the next decade, and how can we act most effectively to improve health for the better?
Throughout 2021 we will be working with our Fellows, early career researchers, partner organisations, funders and more to develop our strategy for 2022-2032.
We aim to reach out to as diverse a range of voices as possible to ensure the Academy is increasingly relevant to all communities important to health research and care.
At the beginning of 2021, Professor Dame Anne Johnson set our her priorities as our new President in a new blog as a presage to the strategic thinking we will be doing over the coming months.
These Presidential priorities include:
- An Academy that nurtures our future research leaders
- A diverse Academy in touch with the biomedical and health research community
- An Academy with the courage to tackle society’s most difficult health challenges, at home and globally
- An Academy giving status to public and patient voices
- An Academy built on solid foundations with the resource to create a brighter future for all.
“I will work to ensure that the UK remains one of the best places to do medical research during and post the COVID-19 pandemic and post Brexit, and strive to hold the Government to their commitment to double public investment in research and development by 2025. I look forward to working on these priorities with our Fellows, grant awardees and the many individuals and organisations who share our goals during my time as Academy President.”
If you have thoughts about our future vision and would like to get involved in our ongoing strategy process, we would love to hear from you. At this stage of the process, please email Simon.Denegri@acmedsci.ac.uk in the first instance.
We are also asking others to help start the conversation.
To encourage bold and ambitious thinking, we are publishing a series of thinkpieces from a range of authors. We have asked each author, or authors, to share what they think needs to change in the next decade for better research, and better health.
- Strategy thinkpiece: an open letter on the future of the Academy - Academy Fellow Dr Richard Smith CBE FMedSci, former editor of the British Medical Journal, tackles the difficult issues in an open letter to the Academy President: the Academy's voice, inequalities, international approaches, climate change, diversity and more. This piece is also published in the British Medical Journal here.
- Strategy thinkpiece: a connected world of research - we talk to four UK-based researchers previously supported through the Academy’s portfolio of grants and programmes. “We are from four very different health research disciplines, and have each previously worked across multiple countries. But we are all part of one system, working towards a broad goal of improving health and wellbeing: our research areas are not separate streams.” Read the full article here.