Possibly, but the MEA have pledged already, subject to their peer review, and AfME are considering it. It's possible to pledge with those strings attached and that's very valuable. I don't think it makes any sense for any charity to hand money to IiME rather than give it directly to the research team. As you say, if the trial didn't for some reason go ahead, any charity that had donated to IiME would have robbed their own research fund to give to IiME's research fund, which is not what the people who gave them that money intended. It's common for research to be funded by multiple donors and they give to the research team, not to one of the other donors. The Haukeland trial isn't starting until January 2014 and is estimated to take two years to complete. I think that's too long to wait. Better to do an independent study in parallel. I agree - that could get this trial done fast. But support from multiple charities would be a big signal to the MRC that this is an important trial. I'd really like to see as many of the charities on board as possible, as soon as possible.