Asthma UK provide core funding for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. This funding supports the network of applied asthma researchers across the UK and the capacity-building platforms that help train the next generation of researchers, embed patient and public involvement in all asthma research, facilitate recruitment to asthma trials, provide a methodology service and bring together asthma data sets across the UK.
They also fund the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in the Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. The two research centres work closely together leading asthma research in the UK.
Asthma UK recognised that there was an imbalance in research funding and the amount of applied asthma research being funded in the UK. They invited researchers to group together to submit an application to Asthma UK for core funding to set up and host an innovative new Centre to redress this balance, and create a focus for applied asthma research in the UK. This new Centre, the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, was launched in 2014.
Asthma UK say:
The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is the first of its kind in the world. It brings together world-leading researchers from all over the UK and provides them with an unrivalled network of collaborators and resource to make differences in asthma research.
Applied research is community-based research that is undertaken to see if a drug, treatment or other intervention is effective when used in a clinical setting. Applied research often leads directly to improved care. Applied research puts people with asthma and their needs at the very heart of the work that is undertaken.
The Applied Centre complements our other research centre, the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in the Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, which focuses on more lab-based work and understanding the biology of asthma.