The EMF Biological Research Trust

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The EMF Biological Research Trust (the Trust) was set up after the privatisation of the electricity supply industry to continue its promotion of external, independent research into the possible biological effects of extremely-low-frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) and their relevance, if any, to human health.

The research strategy is set by a Scientific Advisory Committee, drawn from academia and totally independent of the electricity supply industry. A major focus of the research programme is on the mechanism of possible biological effects. The Committee assesses proposals for research, makes recommendations for funding and monitors progress. The Trust expects all significant results of the work it funds to be published, but the content of such publications is entirely the responsibility of grantholders and their coauthors.


The Trust's activities are funded by donations from National Grid plc. A Board of Trustees is responsible for the probity of the Trust's operation as a registered charity. The Board oversees the management and administration of the Trust, guided on scientific matters by the Scientific Advisory Committee. The Board has two nominees from National Grid plc, who take no part in decisions on the Trust's research programme. Trustees receive no honoraria. Members of the SAC receive an honorarium in recognition of their work.

Unfortunately, the Trust is unable to consider new grant applications from June 2015 until further notice.

Related organisation

Public Health England (PHE) has research interests in this area and has collaborated in several Trust funded projects.

How to contact us

The Trust may be contacted