Most medical research depends on a secure funding source. Progress in scientific research is frequently reevaluated for results, with potential profitability and effectiveness realigned in light of any new data. When private corporations supply the funding, they may set specific goals that include bringing a new pharmaceutical drug to market. If at any point during the research, findings do not match the expectations of the private corporations bankrolling the project, these companies have the options of pulling their funding entirely. As a consequence, corporate scientific research is often driven by the potential to turn a profit. While profit and public health may occasionally align, corporate medical research often discards less expensive medical solutions (such as inexpensive tampons in the developing world) in favor of business models that secure long-term profitability and market shares for the developers.
Medical research charities, on the other hand, explicitly favor research, scientific progress, and public health over profit. These organizations typically structure themselves around scientific grant applications and reviews. First, potential applicants generate a grant proposal based on medical research. Depending on the specificity of the charitable organization, this grant proposal can include research into plant hybridization, alternative energy, literacy training, construction, recyclable materials, and more. If a charitable organization determines that a grant proposal has the potential to improve quality of life for a population
Some of the largest charitable organizations in the world focus primarily on medical research. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated billions to research projects in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, from eradicating diseases like malaria and AIDS in developing nations to helping families plan when to have children. Their diversification also includes specific medical research, like effective vaccine delivery techniques, polio research and eradication, water sanitation, and crop research.
While larger charitable organizations typically diversify heavily, many smaller medical research charities organize around specific medical causes, such as asthma, diabetes, breast cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease. Patients looking to contact these organizations first need to have a secure diagnosis. Once your physician or specialist has provided you with information about your condition, you may be able to contact a medical research charity that specializes in your condition. Many research charities, like conventional scientific research facilities, require test subjects for the drugs, techniques, and services they develop. If you are exploring this option, provide the charity with as much information as possible, including your complete family medical history. The charity will then need to verify this information with your physician, as well as securing your consent for any procedures that may follow.