Research Councils

Research Councils

There are a wide range of Research Councils whom provide research funding; current opportunities can be found below:

Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call (ESRC led)

The research councils are pleased to announce the cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call.

The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of multi-disciplinary networks that cross the remit boundaries of the research councils. These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.

Deadline for applications 16:00 on 22 March 2018.

For further information please see the ESRC website

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AHRC-MRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards Call 2

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) offers a unique opportunity for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the MRC to launch a global public health initiative that responds to the challenge of bringing together expertise in medical science and health interventions in developing countries, with arts and humanities research bringing an understanding of local knowledge and history, cultural and historical contexts and dynamics, community engagement, and trust.

The overarching driver of this partnership building activity is to develop inter-disciplinary research capacity and capability in both the UK and developing countries, jointly and collaboratively and across career stages. The aim is to generate reciprocal benefits through integrating an understanding of cultures and histories into medical and public health challenges in a global context and to equip the next generation of researchers to work collaboratively and blend scientific, cultural and policy research.

The activity should catalyse the creation of sustainable, balanced relationships between UK based research organisations and researchers with those in developing countries. Learning and knowledge exchange should be reciprocal with clear mutuality of benefit for all collaborators.

This call is designed to complement previous GCRF foundational awards calls, including the cross-Council calls led by MRC on Global Infections and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) and by ESRC on Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR). It seeks to add distinctive value to those calls through focusing on the development of inter-disciplinary research capability and innovation which combines expertise in the medical and health sciences with research in the arts and humanities and which strengthens international collaboration and partnerships.

Deadline for applications: 26 October 2017

For more information see the MRC website

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Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship (SNCF)

The SNCF supports researchers with a track record of effectively leading their own independent research to make the transition to research leadership and become an internationally recognised leader in their field. An SNCF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

To be within remit of the scheme, and therefore eligible to apply, all applicants must be leading their own research group as an independent investigator, primarily demonstrated by senior / communicating authorship on publications which do not include previous supervisors, and previous success in obtaining research/fellowship funding as PI.

Deadline for applications: 5 December 2017

For more information see the MRC website

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Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award (CDA)

The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator. A CDA provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

You can apply across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

Deadline for applications: 5 December 2017

For more information see the MRC website

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Medical Research Council (MRC) Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (BMC: DPFS)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (BMC: DPFS) supports projects with goals to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of significant health needs, or that focus on developing research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions.

The following activities are eligible for support:

  • Developing candidate therapeutic entities (e.g. drug discovery)
  • Pre-clinical testing of novel therapeutic entities
  • Early-phase clinical studies of novel therapeutic entities (phases 1 and 2)
  • “Repurposing” clinical studies – using existing therapies for new indications
  • Developing and testing novel devices
  • Developing and testing diagnostics (including biomarker validation where the intent is for diagnostic use)

Deadline for proposals: 16:00 on Wednesday 29 November 2017

For more information and details of how to apply please visit the MRC website

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