Attend a webinar
The launch of the pilot scheme was supported by two webinars for prospective applicants and professional research support staff that presented an overview of the scheme, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.
Webinar 1: 13 June 2023 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm UK time.
Webinar 2: 22 June 2023 at 10:30am to midday UK time.
Watch webinar recording on YouTube
Webinar slides and answers to questions asked at both webinars can be found in the ‘Additional info’ section, under ‘Supporting documents’.
Registration for the webinars included a short survey for prospective applicants.
Additional questions included:
- what is your idea? (300 words)
- what is your career stage?
- do you have collaborators already engaged?
- when do you think your idea would be ready to submit?:
- within the next six months
- in 6-12 months
- in 12-18 months
- longer than 18 months?
This information was collected to understand the level of interest in the scheme, the range of ideas and the type of applicants we might expect. Answers to the survey will not be used in any assessment process and its completion is not a requirement to submit an outline application. Information submitted as part of the survey will only be used for internal analysis purposes. Aggregated data from submissions may be used as part of the scheme evaluation to provide baseline data.
Part of the survey also provided you with an opportunity to submit questions about the scheme to help us tailor the content of the webinar. We are not able to provide feedback on eligibility or fit to scheme (including remit) of your idea at this stage.
This first round of the pilot scheme comprises two stages:
- submission of an outline application (Je-S)
- invited submission of a full application (the Funding Service)
Full applications will not be accepted from any applicant who has not been invited to make a full application following the outline stage of this funding opportunity.
Stage one: outline application
An outline application must be submitted through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
This is a UKRI cross research council responsive mode scheme which, for technical reasons, will be hosted by MRC on Je-S.
You will not be able to submit your application until the opportunity opens in Je-S on 8 June 2023.
Outline applications must be made on a single Je-S form with one organisation identified as the lead. This research organisation would be responsible for the management of the award, if successful.
You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
Your host organisation will also be able to provide advice and guidance.
Submitting your application
Before starting an application, you will need to log in or create an account in Je-S.
All principal investigators and co-investigators involved in the project need to be registered on Je-S.
Any principal investigators and co-investigators who do not have a Je-S account must register for one as soon as possible and at least 7 working days before the opportunity deadline. This is to allow for the account activation and verification by the research organisation. This includes international co-investigators, who must have an active Je-S account and it is the lead UK based research organisation’s responsibility to ensure that this is the case.
We expect the full team of principal investigators and co-investigators to be established as part of the outline application and involved in the co-creation of the project. There may be exceptional circumstances where team members may need to change between outline and full stage, for example, a change in circumstances for a team member meaning they are no longer able to be part of the project. Further guidance will be given for full stage applications on addressing these changes. If you are not yet certain about your team, we suggest waiting until the second round of the pilot scheme.
- Select ‘documents’, then ‘new document’.
- Select ‘call search’.
- To find the opportunity, search for: ‘UKRI cross research council responsive mode scheme round 1 outline stage July 23’
This will populate:
- council: MRC
- document type: Outline Proposal
- scheme: Standard Outline
- call name: UKRI cross research council responsive mode scheme round 1 outline stage July 23
The outline application requires a:
- Je-S proposal form
- case for support attachment
Je-S proposal form
The Je-S proposal form includes the following fields:
- project details: submitting organisation, project title, and proposed start date and duration (mandatory)
- investigators: the roles, names, and organisations of the principal investigators and co-investigators ) (mandatory)
- summary: a summary of the vision and approach to your project and how it fits with the scheme objectives (mandatory, up to 4000 characters)
- project partners: list any known or potential project partners at this stage (optional)
- classifications: research council relevance and a minimum of 5 keywords (mandatory)
For stage 1 outline applications, the only attachment in Je-S that should be provided is a case for support. This should focus on your vision and approach to your proposed research, providing evidence that it meets the scheme objectives (see “what we’re looking for”). The case for support will be assessed using the outline assessment criteria (see ‘how we will assess your application’). The case for support should be no more than two sides of A4 and address the following questions:
- What are you hoping to achieve with your proposed work? Use this question to describe your project vision, aims and objectives.
- How does your project align to the scheme objectives? Use this question to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of your project.
See the assessment criteria for further guidance on answering these questions. As guidance, we would expect to see half of your case for support focused on each question.
We are not expecting extensive references for outline proposals. Any references included must be within the page limit. At a minimum, font size 11 in Arial or other sans serif typeface of equivalent size must be used with a minimum of single line and standard character spacing. Page margins should be no less than 2 cm.
Once you have completed your application, make sure you ‘submit document’.
If you need to flag any significant issues or provide any sensitive information to UKRI head office staff confidentially (such as conflicts of interest that are not apparent from your application), there is an option to provide this information in an additional attachment (cover letter type). This attachment will not be shared with college members assessing your proposal, so it should not be used to describe your proposed research and should only be used if necessary.
Project costs and justification of resources are not required at the outline stage. No other attachment types (for example CVs, letters of support) will be accepted.
UKRI must receive your outline application by 20 July 2023 at 4:00pm UK time.
You will not be able to apply after this time. Please leave enough time for your application to pass through your organisation’s Je-S submission route before this date.
You should ensure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
Stage two: full application
After assessment by the Interdisciplinary Assessment College successful outline applications will be invited to submit a full application. Invitations to proceed to stage two of the assessment process will be announced in late November 2023.
The full application stage will be run on our new funding platform, the Funding Service. The Funding Service has a digital question and answer format with sections addressing application questions. The main sections and core questions that will be asked at full application stage will include:
Vision and approach (building on the information from stage one):
- what are you hoping to achieve with your proposed work?
- how does your proposed work fit the scheme objectives?
- how are you going to deliver your proposed work?
Applicant and team capability to deliver:
- why are you the right individual or team to successfully deliver the proposed work?
The format for this section will follow the Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI).
Resources and cost justification:
- what will you need to deliver your proposed work and how much will it cost?
Ethics and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI):
- what are the ethical or RRI implications and issues relating to the proposed work?
Full guidance on requirements and how to submit your application through The Funding Service will be provided to applicants at invitation.