The Wolfson Foundation has awarded a £500,000 grant to the University of Hull to help fund the new research centre.
The Hull York Medical School research team has been at the forefront of internationally recognised work on palliative care research since the appointment of Professor Miriam Johnson in 2006.
The team includes more than 30 staff currently working on research in community settings, where patients in need of palliative care spend the majority of their time.
The university hopes that the new Wolfson Centre will help it establish itself as a world-leader in the field of palliative care research, allowing an increase in volume and range of high-quality research.
Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, who visited the university last week, said: “Improving end of life care is one of the most important challenges facing healthcare.
“We were very impressed by the excellence of research at the University of Hull, which is well positioned to make significant advancements in the support of people who are dying and their families.
“We hope the research will have a lasting impact, both on the region and beyond.”
Professor Calie Pistorius, vice chancellor at the university, added: “This is a project of immense importance to the university. The university takes very seriously its duty to be an anchor institution serving and strengthening the region’s economy, health and wellbeing.
“Critical to achieving this is delivering cutting-edge research of international excellence.
“We have a team which is at the forefront of applied research into palliative care. This support from the Wolfson Foundation is allowing us to effect a step change in the volume, range and impact of research in palliative care and to further develop our international standing in this field.”
This article originally appeared on the UK edition of ehospice.