The Department's policy research programme invested some £1.04 million on health care acquired infection research in 2007-08. A large part of this expenditure was on projects concerned specifically with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports biomedical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
The MRC spent £3.6 million on research into hospital-acquired infections, including MRSA, in 2007-08.