Discovery research

Discovery research leads to new insights into our life, health and wellbeing. Researchers from any background have the freedom and flexibility to ask bold and creative questions that will improve our health.

Why we support discovery research

Advances in health will come from unexpected sources, and many interventions have come from ambitious, curiosity-driven discovery research aimed solely at understanding how life works.

The knowledge and understanding our researchers generate could not only solve the health challenges we have chosen to focus on, but also inspire further improvements in human health that others take forward.

The greatest opportunities for discovery will come from a diverse and collaborative community of researchers. We promote a positive research culture so that research careers are open to everyone and lead to the highest quality results.

By focusing on discovery research, we want to enable researchers to be ambitious, take on difficult problems, and adopt creative and innovative approaches to push the boundaries of our understanding of life, health and wellbeing.

What we're doing

We support a broad programme of discovery research to yield new insights and tools with the potential to push the boundaries of existing knowledge or techniques through:

  1. providing flexible funding for individuals and teams in any discipline to pursue bold and creative research into life, health and wellbeing through our schemes
  2. being innovative and creative in how we provide more directed funding to achieve our vision
  3. forging partnerships and supporting networks we believe will lead to significant shifts in understanding and to help us support a positive research environment

Funding schemes

new and simplified, open to researchers in any discipline at any career stage

Discover how our funding schemes are changing

Reimagine research

we can all help to build a better research culture – one that is inclusive, ethical and engaged

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Diversity and inclusion

we’re committed to making health research open to anyone with a great idea

Read our strategy on diversity and inclusion

Latest report

N.S.M. Help Science Review 2020

At the end of 2018, N.S.M. Help launched a review to look at the way it funds science. This report presents the main findings.