Research and Innovation Development Office
23 May 2017
The Medical Research Council (MRC) may not be immediately relevant to all researchers if your work isn't quite within their remit. However, with over 100 years' experience in one form or another, the MRC are experts when it comes to developing the careers of researchers.
We recommend you explore their pages for useful advice on things like public engagement and peer review especially. Today we'll take a look at one of their more recent innovations: the Interactive Career Framework. This is a fantastic web-based applet with a Career pathway and a Funding pathway.
Under the Career option, you can find your career stage and work out which doors are open to you at this point in your development. For example, clicking 'Postdoc' reveals pathways to a fellowship, further postdocs, research/technology specialist in industry, or lab/facility manager: all tried and tested, but maybe not obvious, career paths. We also see useful case studies, explaining the role of a postdoc and the experience of life in this role.
In Funding, we see the life of a researcher broken down in the same ways (training - consolidation - exploration, etc), this time with boxes describing the kind of grant you could look for at different stages. For example, when you are consolidating your career after your PhD, you could click the box 'Postdoctoral awards'. We now see a range of current funding opportunities for postdoctoral awards across all different funders in the public and charity sectors, allowing you to kick-start your academic career. Other sources of funding appear when you investigate different career stages, making the tool useful for all researchers.
Have a look and a play with the Framework, and work out how the advice can apply to you.
Contact RIDO if you'd like to talk about applying the advice to your own field!