Scientific Vision

The Crick is a unique partnership between the MRC, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London. Its scientific vision is 'to discover the biology underlying human health, improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease and generating economic opportunities for the UK'. The principles that will guide the development of the Crick are set out in the strategy - "Discovery without boundaries" (pdf)

The Crick lab in St Pancras is now open! With world-class facilities and space for 1,250 researchers, the completion of the building is a landmark in this project to advance UK bioscience. 

The Institute

Imperial College London is a founding partner of The Francis Crick Institute, an entirely new institute with a distinctive vision of how medical research should be conducted. Now open next to St Pancras station and the British Library, it will play a key role in creating the foundation of knowledge on which this century’s improvements in health will be based. 

The Crick is an inter-disciplinary medical research institute. Its work will help understand why disease develops and find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Imperial College London has helped to shape the Crick's scientific vision, and our engagement will ensure that collaborations between the world-class scientists and medical researchers from the College and the Crick continue for many years to come.

College staff can spend time, along with their research group, conducting research together with staff at the Crick - and Crick researchers can, similarly, make use of the cutting-edge facilities and world-class research environment Imperial has to offer.

Crick PhD students will be co-supervised at one of the three university partners, and will therefore also have access to expertise and facilities at the College.

  • The building occupies a site of approximately 3.6 acres and in steady-state will house approximately 1,250 scientists and 250 professional staff in a unique facility designed to encourage interdisciplinary interaction.
  • Much of the research at the Crick will be conducted by Crick employees (the initial group of whom were formerly researchers at the MRC's NIMR or Cancer Research UK's LRI). Imperial College London is one of three University partners whose staff will have the opportunity to spend time on 'attachment' at the Crick, as well as opportunities to host staff from the Crick within the Imperial research environment. 
  • The Crick will also act as a national resource, promoting UK-wide engagement, and encouraging collaboration with centres of excellence across the country, and beyond.