Funding opportunity: Medical Research Council partnership grants

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

12 April 2017

The Medical Research Council seeks to support multidisciplinary, collaborative teams of researchers through its Partnership Grant programme.

Applications to this scheme are assessed by the standard mode MRC boards, so read all the information on these boards before applying. Applicants must also contact the MRC Programme Manager to discuss their project ideas and ensure their fit to the scheme.

Partnership grants do not fund conventional research projects - "stand-alone, hypothesis-driven research" - instead they fund between one and five years' activity in support of collaborations: infrastructure, platform activities and the like.

MRC says:

"Funding can be provided for the following activities:

  • Establishing multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships or consortia
  • Developing strategy to strengthen research activity across the field
  • Knowledge sharing across research departments, or between Institutions
  • Training, career development and capacity building (excluding fellowships but including PhD studentships, see details on ‘Studentships’ below)
  • Establishing shared infrastructure, for example staff, systems, equipment, seminars, workshops. This could include a co-ordinated set of needs-led and complementary networking activities (including outreach work and travel) with a defined output. Applications for funding to support only networking activities will be rejected.
  • Exceptionally, small scale, pilot, proof of principle, multidisciplinary, high risk projects which will strengthen the Partnerships’ strategy may be considered but should not be the focus of the application."

We highly recommend you share this opportunity with your networks, and take the chance to fund exciting, interdisciplinary collaborative networking activity. Take the chance to create lasting partnerships that boost your research career in the long term!


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