Research strategy

We can provide immediate and longer-term benefits to people living with a terminal illness by investing in high-quality palliative care research.

All our research investment aims to improve end of life care for people with terminal illness, their carers and families.

Marie Curie’s current research strategy focuses on three key areas of activity.

1. Open and competitive funding streams for research projects

Marie Curie is open to new partnerships that increase funding for palliative and end of life care research.

Some of our high-profile partnerships include:

  • The annual £1 million Marie Curie Research Grants Scheme, inviting project grant applications across relevant themes in palliative and end-of-life care research
  • The jointly-funded Dimbleby Marie Curie Research Fund is not inviting new applications, but contains a portfolio of eight project grants which is producing ongoing outcomes
  • Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Chief Scientist Office, Scotland have contributed funds for our 2016 call for applications. 

Find out more about working in partnership with us

2. Marie Curie research centres

We are investing in programmes of research at our long-term palliative care research centres. Our centres in London, Cardiff and Liverpool work closely with our hospices in developing a portfolio of peer-reviewed research projects and programmes.

3. Research capacity development

Marie Curie aims to create an evidence-driven, evidence-generating culture through the development of our research capacity. We are committed to encouraging research across our hospices and nursing service.

Four of our nine hospices currently host Research Lead posts. The purpose of the post is to enable more patients, carers and families to be involved in research. This can help to improve end of life care for everyone and support the implementation of research findings within hospices.

We also run an Annual Palliative Care Research Conference jointly with the Royal Society of Medicine, which is open to Marie Curie employees as well as other interested parties. The aim of the conference is to support the translation of research findings into practice.

Read some of the publications for studies supported by Marie Curie’s funding  

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