Medical Research Scotland

As an independent Scottish medical research charity, we have an impressive track record in and remain committed to encouraging and supporting promising young people wishing to pursue a career in biomedical research. We know we make a difference to them and also to the health of the nation.
Our grants support research which aims to improve: the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of all diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and arthritis; understanding of basic disease processes; medical technology. We are not restricted to funding research into any one disease or condition.

Response to EU Referendum Result

Following the decision for the UK to leave the European Union, Universities and professional bodies have been quick to reassure students and staff of their continuing commitment to supporting research that crosses international borders. The Royal Society of Biology for example has stated that

"Science by its very nature is a collaboration. Strong research partnerships with EU-based scientists will continue to be essential for the UK. Ease of exchange and movement of people will remain critical."

Medical Research Scotland will honour its existing commitments to EU students and continue to play its part in ensuring that medical research in Scotland is of the highest quality, of practical benefit and is absolutely international in its scope.

2016 PhD Studentship Call Open

Applications are open for the 2016 PhD Studentship Award call for PhD Studentships, due to start autumn 2017.

2016 Vacation Scholarships

Applicants will be notified of the 2016 Awards in May 2016.

PhD Studentship Awards 2015/16

The PhD Studentships awarded in 2015, due to start in autumn 2016, are opening for student applications.

PhD Student voted 'People’s Choice' winner of 3MT Competition

A Medical Research Scotland PhD Student, Matthew Simmonte, was the People's Choice winner of the University of Edinburgh's 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Competition final.

£100,000 Legacy received

The Trust has recently learned of the generosity of the late Ms Mona Margaret Yule of Aberdeen, who bequeathed the sum of £100,000 to support medical research.

Donation from the Nairn Trust

The Nairn Trust has recently made a donation of £750 to the Trust. This sum will be used for the support of general medical research.

Legacy from Dr Bryan Ashworth

The Trustees were delighted to learn that Medical Research Scotland is among the beneficiaries of the late Dr Bryan Ashworth's estate. Commenting on the legacy, Professor David Harrison, Trust Chairman, said:
"A consultant neurologist, who had taken part in a pioneering clinical trial in his youth, Dr Ashworth knew both the challenges of treating MS patients and also the value of research into such diseases. We are very grateful for his generosity and will use his gift wisely."