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The SMC is housed within the Royal Institution but independent from any single scientific body. To preserve our independence, funding has been sought from a wide variety of sources, none of which have contributed more than 5% of the total running costs (£400,000 per year).

Media groups, charities, universities, industry, professional associations and individuals are all taking part in funding the Science Media Centre. The list below shows the organisations that have committed funds towards our running costs in the last twelve months:

(To date: May 2009)

Current Funders

Previous Funders

  • AAAS and the magazine Science
  • Allied Domecq
  • ARM Holdings Plc
  • Association for Science Education
  • Beeson Gregory
  • BBC Worldwide
  • British Energy Plc
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • British Embassy in Washington
  • British Land Plc
  • British Transplantation Society Council
  • Coalition for Medical Progress (CMP)
  • Chiron Vaccines
  • Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA)
  • Conoco (UK) Ltd
  • Conoco-Phillips
  • Co-operative Group (CWS) Limited
  • Copus
  • Dixons Group Plc
  • The Drayson Foundation
  • Du Pont (UK) Ltd
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)
  • JH Ritblat Charitable Trust
  • Lever Faberge
  • Merlin Biosciences
  • Northern Foods
  • The Posen Foundation
  • Powderject
  • QinetiQ
  • Rathbones
  • RDS
  • Regenesys
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Science Council
  • Simon Best
  • Tesco Limited
  • Trinity Mirror Plc

Special Notes

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. The Science Media Centre is in receipt of core funding from the Wellcome Trust to the value of £30,000 per year. Visit the Wellcome Trust website page on grants awarded.

The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) is an independent organisation that promotes the essential role of engineers, engineering and technology in society. The ETB partners business and industry, Government and the wider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community. The ETB fund the Science Media Centre on behalf of the engineering community. Visit the ETB website for a list of member organisations.

Refurbishment costs were met by a generous donation from John Ritblat. In recognition of this vital support, the main office of the Science Media Centre has been named the John Ritblat room.

The Dixon Group PLC generously donated our IT equipment.

Trinity Mirror PLC have donated money towards furnishing the Centre.

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