We are seeking research that includes at least one of these project categories:
- research into underpinning methodologies that extend beyond a single case study or application
- development of methods to understand research standards and drive improvements in quality
- research that increases the implementation and adoption of optimal methodologies (by methodologists and/or non-methodologists)
- research that makes the outputs of biomedical/health research more useful to others (across scales, experimental approaches, systems, disciplines or translational pathways).
For this round of the programme there is also a strategic focus on understanding remote approaches to qualitative health research.
The research themes in scope include:
- integrative biological systems and mechanisms including: molecules to humans and mechanisms; underpinning methods for technologies (including multiscale visualisation and precision perturbations); methods for discovery and translation
- phenotyping, endotyping, populations and people, including: cohorts; epidemiology and public health (including geography, anthropogenic change); complexity for aging and multimorbidity; precision medicine; prevention; measures; health psychology, behaviours and social science for health
- clinical and translation for health, including: evidence, health economics, policies, decisions (clinical/operations/management), ethics, law and regulation; digital; trials, assessment and comparisons; underpinning methods for advanced therapies
- global health
- health research systems and culture, including: research on health research; knowledge exchange, reporting and learning research systems; public trust; commercial engagement.
This list is not exhaustive, and you are encouraged to contact the programme manager (see contacts below) ahead of developing a full application.
Methods in this context do not include technology or biomarker development (although new methodological approaches to improve their implementation or broader uptake may be considered).
If you are seeking support for development of a methodology within a specific application, you should apply through the relevant MRC research board and include a covering letter noting the relevance to the ‘Better methods, better research’ programme. If you are seeking support for biomarker identification and validation, you should also apply through the relevant MRC research board.
We encourage applicants to learn from others where possible, and welcome multidisciplinary teams or approaches.
We will normally award up to £500,000 and support 80% of the full economic costs of your proposal. If you anticipate requesting funding of more than £500,000, you should contact the programme manager.
If you hold active or pending funding from NIHR you may apply to embed an additional ‘Better methods, better research’ award via this programme. Embedded awards need to demonstrate additional methodological insight and added value from the integration of this research into an ongoing study.
Find out more about the programme’s remit.