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We are changing this page to present a more detailed breakdown. 

Sense about Science is an independent registered charity and our accounts are available on the Charity Commission website.

We recognise that there is a public interest in the funding of charitable organisations and are committed to openness and transparency about the sources of our funding. As our policy makes clear, Sense about Science maintains independence from its funders who do not influence our work in return for their financial support.  

We aim to maintain a wide funding base, and are proud of our high level of donations from members of the public, making up almost a quarter of our funding. Our work is made possible thanks to the generosity of a range of funders, including scientists, members of the public, trusts and foundations, professional and learned societies, universities, and scholarly publishers.  

In addition to individual donations, Sense about Science has received support from the following organisations in the past two years:

Alfred Caplin Charity Settlement

Allergy Academy

Allergy UK

Alzheimer’s Society

Amberstone Trust

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Physics

Association for Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine


Beltane Public Engagement Network

Berne Declaration

Biochemical Society

Biomed Central

BMJ Group

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

British Ecological Society

British Pharmacological Society

British Psychological Society

British Society for Immunology

British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes

British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Cancer Research UK

Cochrane Collaboration

Core: Fighting Gut and Liver Disease

Cornell University

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Edge Hill University


Emerson College

Epilepsy Research UK

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Europe PMC


Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Genetics Society

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Imperial College London

Institute of Biomedical Sciences

Institute of Food Science Technology

Institute of Physics

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

International Association of STM Publishers

James Hutton Institute

John Innes Centre

John Innes Foundation

The JRSST Charitable Trust

Karolinska Institutet

Kohn Foundation

Medical Research Council


MS Society

National Nuclear Laboratory

National Press Foundation 

Natural Environment Research Council

Nature Publishing Group 

NEPI Foundation

Newcastle University

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Open Society Foundation

The Physiological Society

PHG Foundation 


Portland Press


Rothamsted Research

Royal Academy of Engineering

Royal College of Pathologists

Royal Meterological Society

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Royal Society of Chemistry 


Sainsbury Laboratory

Sense About Science USA

Society for Applied Microbiology

Society for Endocrinology

Society for Experimental Biology

Society for General Microbiology

Society of Biology

Taylor & Francis 

The Biochemical Society

The Naji Foundation

The Wellcome Trust 

UK Cochrane Centre


Understanding Animal Research

University College London

University of Bedfordshire

University of Cambridge

University of Edinburgh

University of Hull

University of Liverpool- MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science

University of Manchester

University of Oxford

University of Reading 

University of Sheffield

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

University of Warwick


Help with equipment, facilities and services has also been received from:

British Library
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
The Physiological Society
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Francis Crick Institute
Science Council
Society of Chemical Industry
the Guardian
University of Glasgow
University of Manchester

Income for the year ending April 2014 £457,368

 (Pie-chart for year ending April 2015 will be included once the accounts are finalised) 

Funding YE2014

Income for the year ending April 2013 £394,387

Year end April 2013 funding breakdown

Income for the year ending April 2012 £339,606

Income for the year ending April 2012 £446,267