The BMA foundation for medical research grants are made possible through funding provided by generous donations and through legacies left to the BMA.
Making a donation or leaving a legacy is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can support medical research.
We make sure we invest the funds sensibly to maximise the award money, so that your gift can continue to support medical research for years to come.
Leaving a gift to medical research
It is easy to leave a gift for medical research in your will.
You could leave a legacy in your will 'for the British Medical Association for the purpose of medical research'. This will ensure that the BMA Trustees can use your donation to support the best research as it arises. It offers us the greatest flexibility to respond to important emerging research needs. You also have the option to specify an area of medical research that you would like your donation to support.
If you already have a will, a simple way to amend it is by completing a codicil - an additional instruction that is added to your existing will. A codicil form is included in our leaflet on leaving a gift to medical research.
If you are thinking about writing a will it is best to use a solicitor or professional will writer to draft your will. Legacies are generally exempt from inheritance tax, so a gift in your will to the BMA foundation for medical research could reduce the amount of inheritance tax your loved ones are liable for.
If you would like more information, please visit the HMRC website.
Further information and codicil
Donation to support medical research can be made at anytime, perhaps to celebrate a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.
Donations can be made to the BMA Scholarship Trust Fund, which is our 'general purposes' fund. This will ensure that the BMA Trustees can use your donation to support the best research as it arises.
It offers us the greatest flexibility to respond to important emerging research applications. You also have the option to specify an area of medical research that you would like your donation to support. We can accommodate donors' wishes, so please contact us to discuss the options.