Medical Research Council funding policy update

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

24 June 2016

The Medical Research Council (MRC) recently informed us of an update to their funding policy, which we would like to pass on to you all.

The MRC is increasingly aware that applicants often focus on presenting a compelling scientific rationale at the expense of providing sufficient methodological detail to persuade reviewers that the study will deliver robust and convincing findings. To help address this, and in response to community feedback, they are making an important change to their application process: with immediate effect, the MRC is introducing an optional one page annex to the case for support within all research proposals. This will allow applicants to specifically detail the methodology and experimental design aspects of their proposals, and to include figures, tables and/or diagrams relevant to this, where appropriate.

Full details can be found in the MRC Guidance for applicants (Sections 2.4.3 and 4.1.4). If this update raises any issues you would like to discuss further, please send specific questions to the MRC Research Funding Policy and Delivery team.

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