The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) aims to support individuals seeking to transition to independence through their first grant as a principal investigator with clear host institution support. The time spent on the NIRG should be combined with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty – this list is not exhaustive.
A Career Development Award (CDA) is a personal award that aims to support individuals seeking to transition to independence through protected research time to drive forward an ambitious programme of research, training and personal career development. Please see MRC vision for fellowships for more information.
You cannot apply concurrently for a CDA and a NIRG. Given both awards support the transition to independence, you are also not eligible for either scheme if you have already held a CDA or NIRG. For more information on how MRC supports individuals transitioning to independence please see supporting early career researchers: the transition to independence.