New investigator research grant (NIRG) - MRC


How to apply

Check which research board fits your scientific area

Check which of the MRC’s research boards and panels awards grants in your scientific area and check its application closing dates:

Read the guidance

Funding opportunity guidance

Read the guidance on the relevant funding opportunity page. This guides you through preparing an application, including who can apply, what we are looking for and how to apply.

Infections and immunity responsive mode: new investigator

Molecular and cellular medicine responsive mode: new investigator

Neurosciences and mental health responsive: mode new investigator

Population and systems medicine responsive mode: new investigator

Better methods, better research: new investigator

MRC guidance for applicants

The MRC guidance for applicants will guide you through costing your application and any ethical and regulatory requirements that may apply to the research.

Please also ensure that you read the terms and conditions governing MRC grants.

Create your application on the UKRI Funding Service

Select the ‘start application’ link on the relevant funding opportunity page on the UKRI website. This will take you directly to the UKRI Funding Service to create an application.

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted to any one of the available closing dates in the year.

For open, closing and funding decision meeting dates, see application timelines.

Your application must be submitted through the UKRI Funding Service by 4pm on the relevant research board’s closing date.

To ensure that your application reaches us in time, please give your administrative department at least two weeks’ notice of your application and the MRC research board or panel closing date.


Applicants may only submit a second application if the first is not awarded. In addition you must wait at least 12 months between applications.

Once two NIRG applications have been made you cannot apply again.

Help with applying using the UKRI Funding Service

Contact us if you require assistance either accessing the UKRI Funding Service or completing the application.


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Last updated: 25 July 2023

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