We are looking for proposals that will focus on any areas of MRC’s scientific remit, ranging from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.
Science areas include:
- infections and immunity
- molecular and cellular medicine
- population and systems medicine
- neurosciences and mental health
- global health
- public health
We also welcome proposals for interdisciplinary approaches or research which will address global health issues and be of benefit to those living in low and middle-income countries.
The career development award provides support for up to five years. We expect you to take advantage of the full five years’ funding available. If you are intending to apply for a shorter period, you should contact the programme manager – firstname.lastname@example.org – before submitting a proposal.
We expect you to take up your fellowship no more than six months after the date of the review meeting.
This fellowship scheme provides a competitive salary, giving you the chance to concentrate fully on your research, training and development.
You may spend up to six hours a week (pro-rated for part-time fellowships) on other commitments such as teaching, demonstrating and other funded projects.
We may allow greater flexibility on the time dedicated to non-fellowship activities (for example, those detailed above or obtaining grant support) during the second half of a fellowship. Email the programme manager – email@example.com – to discuss your plans.
The career development award will cover 100% of the cost of your contracted working time as well as:
- support for research staff
- consumables expenses
- travel costs
- appropriate capital equipment
Find out more about MRC’s guidance for research staff development.
The award will also support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution or within industry, whichever is most appropriate. We encourage successful applicants to take advantage of the opportunities this will provide to establish collaborative networks and cross-sector development.
There is no limit to the amount of funding you can request under this scheme but we expect requests to be appropriate to the project and you must be able to justify the amount you need to meet the objectives of your research proposal.
Awards are made under the full economic costing framework.
You cannot hold a salaried position and a fellowship at the same time. If you are awarded a fellowship, you will need to give up the permanent position for the duration of the fellowship or change to a proleptic appointment.
If you want to retain an existing position and combine this with research funding, we recommend you look at one of our grant scheme funding opportunities instead.
Check our funding finder for current funding opportunities.
Find out more about what to expect as an MRC fellow.