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How we fund research

Wellbeing of Women changes and saves the lives of women and their babies by funding the best medical research into reproductive health and childbirth.

All our grants are selected, monitored and evaluated by our eminent Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Our rigorous selection procedure and independent peer review process guarantees that we fund only the highest quality research and best doctors and ensures that our funds are invested strategically to achieve the greatest possible impact on improving women’s healthcare. Our peer review process is accredited by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), the gold standard for medical research charities in the UK.

Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

Our Research Advisory Committee comprises practising scientists, medics, researchers and academics. Its remit is to:
  • Provide scientific and medical advice to Wellbeing of Women
  • Assess grant applications and recommend awards to the Board of Trustees
  • Consider fellowships and other Wellbeing of Women awards and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees
  • Assess ongoing grants and report findings to the Board of Trustees, advising of any necessary course of action
  • Provide guidance on the charity’s research strategy.
Find full list of RAC members, here.

Research Strategy


Wellbeing of Women’s grant award programme seeks to improve the health of women and babies by:
  • Supporting high-quality research, defined as research with: realistic aims and objectives, innovative experimental methods or approaches, good prospects for significant scientific or clinical advance and good value for money
  • Addressing gaps in knowledge by supporting scientifically valid medical research
  • Investing in the training of new researchers with promising potential who are seeking to work in and improve the health of women and babies
  • Meeting an identified need to improve the health of women by seeking the different opinions of experts and beneficiaries
  • Ensuring the long-term future of the charity by maintaining a reputation for quality and transparency
To contribute to:
  • Equipping doctors and other health professionals with the research skills needed to help deliver the best healthcare for women and babies
  • Developing academic research that can translate into practical benefits
  • Further developing techniques and treatments to improve the health of women and babies
  • Adding to the knowledge base and understanding of the health of women and babies
  • Promoting the dissemination of research results and engaging with beneficiaries and partner organisations
  • The maintenance and maximisation of a research portfolio that can be used to leverage continued funding

Use of animals in research

Wellbeing of Women is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement. 

Programme of Research