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In new strategy, Wellcome Trust takes on global health concerns

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Science  23 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6515, pp. 392
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6515.392

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One of the world's largest nongovernmental funders of science, the Wellcome Trust, is enlarging its focus to include goal-oriented, as well as basic research. The London-based philanthropy, which spends more than £1 billion per year, said this week it will boost funding for research on infectious diseases, the health effects of global warming, and mental health. The new strategy moves it closer to philanthropies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on global health challenges. "It's a big shift," says Jeremy Farrar, an infectious disease expert who leads the charity.

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