Strategy 2017-21

The Academy launched its current five year strategy in April 2017. The strategy sets out our mission, vision and key objectives as well as five challenges we will address over the next five years. 
Our mission:

Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society.

Our vision:

We are working to secure a future in which: 

  • UK and global health is improved by the best research.
  • The UK leads the world in biomedical and health research, and is renowned for the quality of its research outputs, talent and collaborations. 
  • Independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society.
  • More people have a say in the future of health and research.
Our objectives: 
  1. Promoting excellence
  2. Developing talented researchers
  3. Influencing research and policy
  4. Engaging patients, the public and professionals
Our five strategic challenges:


Strategic challenge 1: To harness our expertise and convening power to tackle the biggest scientific and health challenges and opportunities facing our society.


We will achieve this by:

  1. Harnessing connections across research disciplines, sectors (academia, NHS, industry, charities, policymakers, media) and communities.
  2. Bringing Fellows, experts and stakeholders together through our working group studies, symposia and workshops to produce high quality debates and outputs that shape the policy and research agenda in the UK and beyond.
  3. Providing decision-makers in Government and elsewhere with timely and relevant evidence and advice.
  4. Maximising influence and impact through effective follow up and implementation of our recommendations.
  5. Establishing programmes of horizon-scanning and scientific meetings, where Fellows and experts discuss latest developments, identify opportunities and address scientific and health challenges.
  6. Growing the scale, visibility and impact of our FORUM network of organisations across industry, academia, healthcare, regulation and beyond, providing a unique platform for high-level, strategic interactions across these sectors.
  7. Influencing at the highest levels – alone and in partnership – to ensure that the UK has the resources, infrastructure and regulatory framework to optimise biomedical and health research outputs and impacts.
  8. Continuing to pioneer the incorporation of innovative patient, public and stakeholder dialogue into our policy activities, ensuring these views shape our recommendations and outputs.

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