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King’s is delighted to be a founding academic partner alongside UCL and Imperial College in the Francis Crick Institute, joining the multidisciplinary research expertise from all the Partners together to deliver world-leading biomedical research.

To achieve this objective, we must develop strong collaborations between the two institutions, through both the PhD Programme and the Attachment Programme, as well as ensuring that we facilitate broader opportunities as they arise. We must take our science to the Crick and support those Crick researchers that choose to come to King’s, in order to gain maximum benefit from this partnership.

With the official opening of the Crick by Queen Elizabeth II on the 9th November 2016, we now have a chance to make this a reality, bringing basic and applied science together with clinical knowledge to benefit patients not only nationally, but globally.

Professor Edward Byrne AC
Past President and Principal of King’s College London


The Francis Crick Institute

  • The Crick is located in a purpose-built research centre adjacent to King’s Cross St Pancras station in London
  • The institute has the capacity to accommodate up to 1500 staff. Of this1500, 1250 will be scientists, 240 of whom will transfer from the partner universities
  • Its scientific vision is 'to discover the biology underlying human health, improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease and generating economic opportunities for the UK'. The principles that will guide the development of the Crick are set out in the strategy - "Discovery without boundaries: Strategy 2013"
  • This strategy aims to deliver new discoveries for many of the global medical challenges, including Infectious Diseases (e.g. HIV, Malaria, Influenza and Tuberculosis), Cancer, Heart Disease and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • The Crick also hosts world-class facilities such as various Science Technology Platforms and National Centres for Influenza and Biomedical NMR
  • It is a facility that will strive to provide a National Benefit to the UK and produce future leaders in biomedical research supported by the founding partners
  • Its multidisciplinary approach, emphasis on scienctific excellence with practical application of research, and links with academia, industry and the public sector will speed up the translation of discoveries made in the laboratory into treatments for disease.

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Our Partners


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