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The Science Media Centre’s funding model is designed to reflect its position as an independent press office that is not linked to any specific institution or institutional agenda.  As such the Centre seeks donations from a wide variety of organisations with an interest in the accurate reporting of science in the media. We have over 100 funders including scientific bodies, science-based companies, science publishers, universities, patient research charities, media organisations, research funders and government. See below for the list.

The Centre is independent from its funders who do not gain influence over the SMC’s work in return for their financial support. To protect the Centre from any undue influence the SMC caps donations from any one institution at 5% of annual income. The SMC’s Trustees and Advisory Committee have agreed on two exceptions to the 5% upper limit on donations: the Wellcome Trust and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  The UKRI donation is over the 5% cap because the separate donations we used to receive from several Research Councils are now added together and paid via the new umbrella organisation set up in 2019.

A copy of our annual report and accounts can be found here.

The total income for the Science Media Centre for 2018-19 was £579,773.  The upper limit for donations for 2018-19 was £30,000.

If you would like to support the SMC please contact us on:

t: +44 (0)20 7611 8300

Email Address

 

 

Current Funders

(To date: April 2019)

£2,000 and under

 

£2,001 – £4,999

 

£5,000 – £9,999

 

£10,000 – £19,999

 

£20,000 – £30,000

 

Over £30,000

 

Previous Funders

  • AAAS and the magazine Science
  • Airwave Solutions
  • Alcohol Research UK
  • Allied Domecq
  • ARM Holdings Plc
  • Association for Science Education
  • Astellas
  • BASF Plc
  • Baxter
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Beeson Gregory
  • BNP Paribas Foundation
  • Boeing
  • Boots UK Ltd
  • British Computer Society (BCS)
  • British Embassy in Washington
  • British Energy Plc
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • British In Vitro Diagnostics Association
  • British Land Plc
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Retail Consortium
  • British Transplantation Society Council
  • Cadbury Plc
  • Cardiff University
  • Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Chilled Food Association (CFA)
  • Chiron Vaccines
  • CNAP Artemisia Research Project
  • Coalition for Medical Progress (CMP)
  • Coca-Cola
  • 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
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Dixons Group Plc
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • The Drayson Foundation
  • Du Pont (UK) Ltd
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Emergent Biosolutions Inc
  • EnergySolutions
  • Engineering UK
  • Environment Agency
  • European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)
  • ExxonMobil
  • EUK Consulting
  • GE Healthcare
  • The Government Office for Science (GO-S)
  • Horizon Nuclear Power
  • Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA)
  • Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
  • Illumina
  • International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
  • Independent Climate Change Email Review
  • Innovate UK
  • Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST)
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Techology (IMarEST)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institute of Mental Health
  • JH Ritblat Charitable Trust
  • Kraft Foods Inc
  • Lever Faberge
  • Life Technologies
  • L’Oreal UK
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S)
  • The Marmot Review
  • Maudsley Charity
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Mental Health Research Network
  • Mental Health Research Network Cymru
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Limited
  • Merlin Biosciences
  • Mobile Manufacturers Forum
  • Mobile Operators Association (MOA)
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
  • Monsanto UK Ltd
  • MQ: Transforming Mental Health
  • Nature
  • The Naji Foundation
  • National Grid
  • New Scientist
  • News International Ltd
  • Northern Foods
  • Novartis
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
  • The Nuclear Institute
  • Open University
  • Oxitec Ltd
  • Parkinson’s Disease Society
  • Pfizer Limited
  • Philips UK
  • The Posen Foundation
  • Powderject
  • QinetiQ
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Quintessa
  • Rathbones
  • RDS
  • Re-Solv
  • Regenesys
  • Rethink
  • Rotary Club of Milton Keynes Grand Union
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
  • Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP)
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • SAGE
  • Sanofi
  • Sanofi Pasteur MSD
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Science Council
  • Scottish Mental Health Research Network
  • Shell UK Limited
  • Siemens Plc
  • Simon Best
  • Smith & Nephew Plc
  • Springer
  • Syngenta
  • Tate & Lyle Plc
  • Tesco Limited
  • Trinity Mirror Plc
  • UCB
  • UCL Institute of Health Equity
  • UK Energy Research Centre
  • Unilever UK
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Teesside
  • Urenco
  • Vodafone Group
  • Weizmann UK
  • Wi-Fi Alliance
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Wyeth

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