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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01227: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much medical research funding it has provided to (a) motor neurone disease, (b) multiple sclerosis (MS), (c) stroke, (d) heart disease and (e) cancer since 2011.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 July 2016

The Scottish Government supports medical research financially by three routes: (1) through research and infrastructure support allocations to the NHS Boards, (2) by its contribution to the Office for the Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research which allows Scottish researchers to bid for National Institute for Health Research Grants and (3) through the research funding committees and fellowship schemes run by the Chief Scientist Office. The Scottish Government does not routinely hold information of funding allocated for research into specific health conditions via routes 1 and 2.

The following table shows the figures for funding awarded via the Chief Scientist Office research funding committees and fellowship schemes for the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2016. The figures also include the Chief Scientist Office contribution to a number of co-funding initiatives with medical research charities.

Motor Neurone Disease

£75,000

Multiple Sclerosis

£211,433

Stroke

£3,864,934

Cardiovascular Disease

£1,927,025

Cancer

£9,709,622