A strong history of success, and a responsibility to continue the legacy

In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming brought the world antibiotics with the discovery of penicillin in his laboratory at St Mary’s Hospital. Today, our findings continue to expand the universal knowledge of medicine. Each day, our cutting edge research influences best practice in medicine as our discoveries translate from bench to bedside.

Thousands of the brightest medical minds have trained at our facilities across west London. Equipping the next generation of physicians with the skills and techniques needed is among our most important work, as it ensures best outcomes for patients.

Public funding is down, competition is heightened - help is needed. 

With governmental support waning, academic fees rising, and the costs of recruiting and retaining talent higher than ever, support from our friends is one of the soundest means to bridge the funding gap without compromising excellence. Investment in people, programmes and infrastructure is needed to ensure Imperial maintains its position as one of the world’s leading medical training and research institutions.

Your support enables us to fund:

Scholarships

Scholarship schemes

Ensure financial restrictions do not prevent the brightest students from pursuing an Imperial education


Mariia Koziakova is studying blast brain injury and the development of noble gas treatments here at Imperial thanks to support from an Imperial College PhD Scholarship in Biomedicine. Scholarship schemes support talented individuals like Mariia at the start of their careers to study at one of the world’s greatest medical academic institutions.

Academic appointments

Academic appointments

Recruit and retain top medical researchers from around the globe


A £3 million gift donated by the Lily Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation will accelerate Imperial's research into neurodegenerative diseases. Professor Paul Matthews, Head of the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial, has been named as the first Edmond and Lily Safra Chair and this appointment will substantially strengthen a major research programme working towards developing new diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. The Edmond J. Safra Foundation also established the Edmond J. Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology in 2008, held by Professor David Nutt.

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UREN Building

First class facilities

Provide and maintain state-of-the art facilities and equipment for training and research


Michael Uren’s £40 million gift has enabled Imperial to begin planning the building of a biomedical engineering research hub at its new Imperial West Campus in White City.

SCI

Other initiatives

Support a variety of other efforts, from field research to humanitarian aid, that would benefit from philanthropic giving


The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, a project based at Imperial, has administered its 100 millionth treatment for a debilitating tropical disease. SCI can treat individuals - many of whom are young children - for only 50 pence.