The current Tommy's research funding model
Tommy’s funds four research centres and one centre focussed on implementing best practice nationally:
- St Thomas’ Hospital in partnership with King’s College, London
- St Mary’s Hospital in Partnership with Manchester University
- Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in partnership with Edinburgh University
- The Tommy's National Early Miscarriage Centre is a partnership of three universities: The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and Imperial College London.
- The National Centre for Improving Maternity Care focusses on the scale and spread of evidence based best practice to improve maternity care around the UK.
Tommy’s makes an annual grant of £400,000 - £500,000 per centre against an agreed budgeted spend submitted annually by each centre.
Tommy’s funds salary costs of scientists, doctors and midwives carrying out the research together with consumables and equipment that are used in the research studies.
Tommy’s fund research projects in their entirety or contributes part-funding to research projects in partnership with other funders.
Tommy’s funding remit is miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth and conditions in pregnancy which may lead to those outcomes such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, obstetric cholestasis, mental health or “lifestyle” factors which increase the risk of these outcomes such as obesity, diet, smoking.
Tommy’s focuses funding on the pregnancy period and does not fund research in assisted conception research such as IVF treatments nor research on the baby such as care of pre-term babies – this is to focus our limited research investment to attain maximum benefit for parents.