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The Francis Crick Institute Limited

The Francis Crick Institute Limited

Brief Overview

The Crick is home to 1,500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines to understand the fundamental biology of health and disease. All our labs are supported by in-house facilities equipped with the latest technology, and a Translation team to help turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible.

Research Areas

Cell biology\Genetics\Immunology\Lung cancer\Molecular biology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships – in line with current status

Research infrastructure/facilities

With over 1,250 scientists working to deliver world-class research, the Crick ensures that they have easy access to the very best facilities. Whether it’s a service, technology or expertise, we provide our scientists with unparalleled support to help them streamline their research, and achieve their research goals quicker.
The Crick’s Science Technology Platforms (STPs) provide researchers with access to state-of-the-art equipment, technical advice and instruction in the effective use of the different technologies. We find that in-house expertise and services help our scientists streamline their research, so that they can achieve their research goals quicker.

Research funding/Resources

The Francis Crick Institute is an independent core-funded organisation with an annual budget of ~£45M for science programmes. Core-funding is provided by our founding partners: Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, Imperial College London, King’s College London and University College London. In addition, the Francis Crick Institute wins ~£25M per annum through external grants and fellowships from a variety of national and international funders including the EC and ERC, UK’s Research Councils (MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC), NIH, the Wellcome Trust, CRUK and other (inter-)national biomedical charities, EMBO, HFSP, FEBS etc.

Links to non-academic sector

Crick makes most of both its physical location and its links to forward-thinking organisations in the King’s Cross area like the Alan Turing Institute, the Wellcome Trust, Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) and Google DeepMind. Thanks to these connections, Crick is becoming a hub for people who are combining data science with health research. Programmes like KQ Labs, our entrepreneurship summer school, and PULSE help researchers from the Crick and around the UK to learn more about what it can mean to be an entrepreneurial scientist.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

Around 70 nationalities are represented at the Crick, with everyone contributing to our culture of collaboration and exchange of ideas. Our central London home is well connected with the UK and Europe via public transport, and is surrounded by other academic, scientific, medical and technology organisations.
The Crick offers a wide range of training and other learning and career development activities and resources. Most of the training activities are available on-site and free to Crick staff and students. There is one-to-one CV advice and support to organise short work placements to prepare for a future career change.
The Crick’s Academic Training team organises regular careers talks, many of which are delivered by Crick alumni, covering scientific careers in academia and industry, as well as other career options such as science publishing, policy, communication and administration.
Postdocs interested in pursuing an academic career can participate in the ‘Postdoc to PI’ programme.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award


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