Fuelling world-class research

Thanks to you, we’re able to carry out research that influences policy and changes lives. Here you’ll find examples of how your gifts are helping our researchers address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.


Our pioneering researchers are transforming our understanding of Parkinson’s disease and playing a major role in the fight against the world’s fastest growing neurological condition.

  • Over £210,000 raised so far
  • Hundreds of supporters
  • 10 years of ground-breaking research and advancement
SITRAN at night lit up

The University of Sheffield’s Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) is unlike any other in the world.

Read more about a decade of advances in neuroscience and our ambitions for the future

My ambition is to help further our understanding of this devastating disorder and contribute to the discovery of treatments.”

Toby Burgess
First Year PhD Student
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)

Read more about the inspiration behind Toby's PhD research into Parkinson's

Desert Garden

A unique project born out of innovative Sheffield science is giving families displaced by war the opportunity to grow fresh food in the desert using discarded mattresses, not soil.

  • Over £225,000 raised 
  • Over 1,000 families trained to grow crops using hydroponic systems

Read a letter of thanks from those benefitting from Sheffield science 

Sheffield PET-MRI facility

The Sheffield Scanner is the world's most advanced medical imaging system. The scanner will transform our understanding of serious conditions like cancer, dementia, and MND and the way they are treated in the future

  • Over 11,000 supporters
  • Over £2million raised
  • One ground-breaking PET-MRI facility installed in Sheffield

Our ultimate goal is to slow or even halt Alzheimer’s disease before it has taken hold. MRI-PET is the best technique there is for detecting the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Professor Annalena Venneri
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology


During the pandemic, Dr Pete Mylon and his team at the iForge answered the national call to manufacture protective face shields for frontline healthcare workers.

  • Over £18,000 raised
  • Over 5,000 face shields provided
  • 150 front-line healthcare organisations protected

Read more about the iForge

It has been a privilege to be involved in supporting frontline workers across Sheffield and the surrounding area who are putting their lives on the line. The generous donations through our Just Giving page have enabled us to keep supplying them with PPE, and everyone who has donated can feel proud to have been a part of this effort!”

Dr Pete Mylon
University teacher and Academic Lead for the iForge

The University of Sheffield has a wide range of manufacturing equipment and, crucially, the expertise needed to use it. Our skills in design and manufacture have allowed us to respond quickly and scale up the manufacturing of PPE for use by healthcare workers.”

Dr Sam Pashneh-Tala
Research Fellow and Faculty of Engineering Media Fellow