For over 40 years TENOVUS SCOTLAND has supported innovative medical research projects across the full spectrum of medical sciences, within Scottish Universities and Teaching Hospitals. Through the help of private donations, Trusts, legacies and fundraising events, our principal aim is to assist young research staff, who have yet to establish a track record, with small grants to get their research programmes underway. What makes Tenovus Scotland unique is that these ‘Pilot projects’ often attract substantial grants subsequently from the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, etc. This “pump-priming” function is a key aspect of our activities. Without the support of Tenovus Scotland at these crucial early stages, most of these projects would not have seen the light of day.
In 1967, Sir Charles Illingworth obtained permission from Tenovus, the Cancer Charity, to use the name ‘Tenovus’ in Scotland. He then gathered nine eminent Glasgow Citizens to support his aims - (making ten of us) to provide urgently needed equipment for medical research.
1980’s and Onwards
The emphasis has been to provide funding for young research staff and for innovative research projects carried out within Scottish Universities/Teaching Hospitals.
Over the Last Ten Years
We have awarded research grants in excess of six million pounds. Administration costs have been only 6.5% of income.
Donors may, if they so wish, nominate a specific field of research and or geographic region. All projects are subject to approval by an independent National Scientific Advisory Committee. Regional Committees are based in Edinburgh, Grampian, Strathclyde and Tayside.