The Tommy's research funding model
Tommy’s funds 2 university-based research centres and 1 centre focused on implementing best practice nationally:
- Tommy’s Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre in Manchester
- Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, which is a collaboration between The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and Imperial College London
- Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement, which is a partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and the Royal College of Midwives
Tommy’s makes an annual grant of £500,000 to each 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 funds 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 that may lead to those outcomes such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy and chronic histiocytic intervillositis.
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 premature infants – this is to focus our limited research investment and to attain maximum benefit for parents.