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Research & Innovation

Over many years, fellows of the College have extended the frontiers of surgery through clinical research and the development of new operative techniques. The Research Department of the College is responsible for administering the College's Research Fellowship scheme and other awards to support surgeons whose research goal is to maintain and enhance patient care.

In the last 20 years the College, through the Research Fellowship Scheme, has committed more than £25 million to support over 600 individual trainee surgeons working in university departments and hospitals throughout the UK and abroad. We need to continue to raise money to fund them in the future. Although there are between 25-30 awarded annually, the number and quality of applications continues to rise and more resources are needed.

Donating to Surgical Research

For more information about supporting surgical research please see support our work or contact 020 7869 6083 or email

Surgical Research films

Please watch the short films below, to find out more about how patients are benefiting from surgical research.

Use of animals in research

The College is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), and supports the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research.

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