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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 2010)

Current Funders

Previous Funders

  • AAAS and the magazine Science
  • Allied Domecq
  • ARM Holdings Plc
  • Association for Science Education
  • BASF Plc
  • Beeson Gregory
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Boots UK Ltd
  • British Computer Society (BCS)
  • British Energy Plc
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • British Embassy in Washington
  • British Land Plc
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • British Transplantation Society Council
  • Cadbury Plc
  • Coalition for Medical Progress (CMP)
  • Chiron Vaccines
  • CNAP Artemisia Research Project
  • Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA)
  • Conoco (UK) Ltd
  • Conoco-Phillips
  • Co-operative Group (CWS) Limited
  • Copus
  • Daily Express
  • Dixons Group Plc
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • The Drayson Foundation
  • Du Pont (UK) Ltd
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Environment Agency
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)
  • The Government Office for Science (GO-S)
  • JH Ritblat Charitable Trust
  • Kraft Foods Inc
  • Lever Faberge
  • Merlin Biosciences
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Nature Magazine and Macmillan Publishing Group
  • Northern Foods
  • Parkinson's Disease Society
  • Pfizer Limited
  • The Posen Foundation
  • Powderject
  • QinetiQ
  • Rathbones
  • RDS
  • Regenesys
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Science Council
  • Simon Best
  • Smith & Nephew Plc
  • Tesco Limited
  • Trinity Mirror Plc
  • UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKPCI)
  • University of Teesside
  • Vodafone Group
  • Weizmann UK
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Wyeth

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.

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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