The Nuffield Trust is an independent health charity. We aim to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis and informing and generating debate. Here we outline the many ways for individuals and organisations to work with us.

We are funded primarily from income generated from the Nuffield Trust’s own endowment. The endowment was given to the Nuffield Trust in 1940 by Viscount Nuffield and the capital value is currently about £70 million. We use our investment income to fund in-house research and support our infrastructure, as well as to occasionally commission external research.

This income generated from the endowment therefore continues to remain the most important source of income for the Trust and guarantees the independence of our research and wider activities. It ensures that we are not dependent on any other source of income to carry out our charitable purpose.

More details on how we fund our work are available from the How we are funded page. Further information on financial matters and our governance structure is set out in our audited Report and Financial Statements.

Working in partnership

We recognise the value of working in partnership with other organisations and are continually looking for opportunities to collaborate and partner with organisations on issues of mutual interest. These may include Government departments, such as the Department of Health; NHS organisations; charities and other not-for-profit organisations; and commercial companies.

We believe that external funding of our work can lend greater legitimacy and influence to our activities, as well as allowing us to expand our programme of charitable activities. We therefore seek to work with a range of organisations that support our work – whether that is through funding our researchers to undertake specific research projects, joint initiatives with partners, consultancy involving our health care experts, or sponsorship of our events. 

However, this is undertaken with careful consideration of our independence and reputation, with the majority of our activities funded from our endowment.


Principles for partnership working

A number of important principles underpin decisions we make about whom we will partner with, accept research funding from, or enable to sponsor our activities, such as events. These are available to read on the Ethical sponsorship page.


If you would like to discuss potential collaborations on research projects, please contact either: Candace Imison, Director of Policy. 

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Fiona Johnson, Director of Communications.

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