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The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health and disability, education, and the arts and humanities. It has awarded over £900 million in grants since their establishment in 1955, supporting more than 11,000 projects. Find additional information on the Wolfson Foundation's website.

The Foundation is one of the Society’s longest and most generous donors, supporting our work since 1959. In 1959 the Wolfson Research Professorships were established and continue to support Professors in achieving outstanding scientific research.

Wolfson Research Professorships

The Royal Society Wolfson Research Professorship is for world-class scientists who would benefit from a period of long-term support to allow them to focus on research and collaboration based at an institution in the UK.

Recipients of the Wolfson Research Professorships have made major contributions to scientific advancement, including:

Dr Dorothy Hodgkin OM FRS: won the Nobel Prize for her work on X-ray crystallography and determined the molecular structures of cholesterol, penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin.

Sir Alan Fersht FRS: developed methods for high resolution analysis of protein folding, shedding light on diseases like CJD, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Sir Alec Jeffreys FRS: developed DNA fingerprinting which has forever changed forensic science. For this discovery, he was named Great Briton 2006 in the Morgan Stanley Great Briton Awards.

Currently funding: Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships

This scheme is for outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit or retain them in the UK. The award is administered by the Royal Society and is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The scheme aims "to give universities additional support to attract key researchers with great potential or outstanding achievement to this country, or to retain those who might seek to gain higher salaries elsewhere.”

Read more about the Royal Society Wolfson Fellowships.

The generous support of the Wolfson Foundation has enabled us to enhance and promote a future of excellence in science and support scientists in the United Kingdom.

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