About us

The BMA Foundation is a charity that awards grants for medical research each year.

What we do

The BMA Foundation awards funds to encourage and further medical research. Our mission is to support medical students, doctors and scientists in their research aims and to help pioneer medical research.

Through the BMA Foundation, the BMA has been supporting medical research since 1839 and is the oldest medical organisation in the world to award grants and prizes to encourage further medical research. Thanks to the support of generous individuals, approximately 14 research grants totalling over £850,000 are awarded to medical students, research scientists and doctors each year. The grants provide funding for a variety of different subject areas, ranging from research into rheumatism and arthritis, to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders.

Where does the grant funding come from?

The BMA Foundation and all its grants are solely funded by legacies and donations left to the Foundation by generous individuals. None of our grants are funded by BMA member subscriptions.


  • Sir Sabratnam Arulkumaran

    BMA Foundation trustee

  • Professor Philip Banfield

    BMA Foundation trustees chair

  • Ms Neeta Major

    BMA co-CEO

  • Baroness the Professor Ilora Finlay of Llandaff

    BMA Foundation trustee

  • Dr Trevor Pickersgill

    BMA treasurer

  • Mr Jon Collins

    BMA Foundation trustee