Medical Research Council: new investigator changes

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

4 March 2016

The Medical Research Council (MRC) recently made several changes to their New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) scheme.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) recently made several changes to its New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) scheme. transition to independence through their first grant as a Principal Investigator, with appropriate host institution support.

The key changes are highlighted below:

  • The time post-PhD completion restrictions have been removed (the scheme was previously restricted to applicants with between three and ten years' postdoctoral research experience).
  • MRC salary contribution will be commensurate with time attributed to the NIRG but capped at 50% (MRC previously paid up to 64% of the actual new investigator's salary for the hours worked on the grant).
  • As part of the NIRG submission, the research organisation must provide a statement of support clearly detailing:
    • How the proportion of underwritten time will be structured and supported
    • Support (mentorship, training, etc.) to enable the transition to independence
    • Why the applicant is an excellent candidate (personal and scientific qualities, strategic fit with RO/MRC priorities, etc.)
    • Sustainable plans for support after the applicant has achieved independence.

The full scheme guidance can be found on the MRC website and will apply to applications submitted to the May/June call deadlines. If you're interested in the NIRG and have any questions, please contact the ARU Research Services Team.

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