Marie Curie invests £0.75M in future of palliative care

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The leading UK end of life charity, Marie Curie, grant scheme opens as need for care grows – £0.75million available for vital research

End of life charity, Marie Curie, is warning more pressure will be put on primary and social care, as well as community services this winter as half a million people are expected to need palliative care.

This comes following a 40% increase in the number of people dying at home with a terminal condition instead of in hospital – creating more than 70,000 extra home deaths – during the pandemic.

With over eight out of 10 people set to die from more than one condition by 2040 Marie Curie is committed to investing into palliative and end of life (PEOL) research, which currently sits at just 0.21% of all the money spent on health research in the UK.

As such, Marie Curie, which is also the biggest charity funder of PEOL research in the UK, has opened its latest research grants scheme, with researchers able to receive a share of £750,000, providing one or more of the following is addressed:

  • To provide quality care and support for the mental and physical health and wellbeing of people affected by dying, death and bereavement
  • To end financial insecurity at the end of life and ensure that everyone has the support they need to address their practical concerns
  • To ensure that everyone affected by death and dying – including the family, friends and carers of the dying person – are supported through and beyond the end of life (including bereavement)
  • To end inequity in end of life experience by ensuring access to excellent standards of care and support for all

In addition to the above thematic areas, Marie Curie is also inviting proposals in cross-cutting themes and projects aiming to maximise the impact of existing research and evidence.


Dr Sabine Best, Head of Research, Marie Curie, said: “Undoubtedly, the covid-19 pandemic has affected a variety of researchers as institutions encountered limited in-person activities, resulting in research being disrupted.

“Marie Curie is committed to funding impact-focussed research, in line with the charity’s strategic goal to working towards achieving the best possible end of life experience for everyone.

“We aim to encourage the generation and use of evidence to develop impactful recommendations for change to policy and practice, and to engage with decision-makers to deliver quality care and support for everyone affected by dying, death and bereavement.”


Dr Best added: “Recent research has predicted that demand for community palliative and end of life care services will continue to increase in the coming years. These need to be equipped to support people with increasing complexity and multimorbidity. There is a need for more evidence on how this future demand will be funded and delivered in a sustainable way.

To find out more and to apply please visit

**Deadline for submissions is 15th November**

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity.  The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience. Marie Curie is calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.



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