Despite enormous progress in medicine, there is still an urgent need for research to help sick and disabled children.
We fund the very best medical research to help save and change children’s lives. We are currently funding over 75 projects across the UK. You can search for current and recent research projects to see the difference we're making.

Treating sick and vulnerable babies

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Around one in nine babies born in the UK needs some form of special care as a result of a difficult birth, a life-threatening condition or because they were born too early.

Helping children with disabling conditions


Many thousands of families across the UK are coping with the relentless daily challenge of supporting a child affected by a disabling condition.

Targeting rare diseases in children

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Thousands of families across the UK are caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.

Our successes over the years

With your help, the research we fund helps to save and change so many children’s lives. Here are some ways research is making a difference.

Apply for a research grant

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Action Medical Research aims to prevent and treat disease and disability by funding vital medical research in hospitals or research institutions across the UK.

Real stories from families

Tom has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal condition that causes muscle weakness, and a relentless deterioration in physical abilities.