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Our research for the future

Asthma UK funds world-leading research at the cutting-edge of science, working to stop asthma attacks and find a cure for asthma.

Asthma UK has achieved great things for people with asthma through our research funding, and we're also incredibly excited about the potential of our research programme now and in the future. All of our funded research is working towards our vision to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma.

Asthma UK funds world-leading research at the cutting-edge of science, understanding the biology of asthma, working towards better treatments and a cure, and improving diagnosis and the care that people with asthma receive.

Research Centres

We fund and support research in a variety of ways. We currently fund two world-leading asthma research centres:

Basic, laboratory-based science centre

The Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma is a world-leading hub of asthma research leaders investigating a range of areas relating to asthma, working to understand the biology underlying the condition, and working towards ways to treat it.

The centre is host to many of the world's leading asthma researchers, and works to train the next generation of asthma research leaders in this fantastic environment.

Applied research centre

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 puts people with asthma and their needs at the very heart of the work that is undertaken. 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 - it often leads directly to improved care.

Research projects

We also fund individual research projects, each investigating an important area of asthma, and supporting researchers at a range of stages in their careers.

The research projects cover a wide range of areas in asthma research - and all work towards one of our research priorities, set out within our research strategy.

The projects that we fund can be broadly divided into three areas of asthma research:

Working in Partnership


To increase the funding available for asthma research we actively pursue different types of partnerships with other researchers and research funders, where these research aims are the same as our own. These will always focus on the top 15 research priorities.

We provide support in the form of Patient and Public Involvement, supporting some of our Research and Policy volunteers to become involved with a project and bring their perspectives to it. We co-fund with other research funders so that we are able to support more world-leading research. We bring together world-class researchers to collaborate on the most important topics in asthma research.

Find out about some of the partnerships that we’ve formed: