Infrastructure and capital strategic advisory group

The infrastructure and capital strategic advisory group (ICSAG) is responsible for advising and shaping MRC’s strategy for infrastructure and capital support for the UK medical science community.

ICSAG takes a broad and long-term perspective of MRC’s role in UKRI and the wider UK infrastructure and capital funding landscape.

A key focus of ICSAG is peer review and prioritisation of MRC bids for the UKRI Infrastructure Fund.

ICSAG considers infrastructure and capital needs across the breadth of MRC’s portfolio including the interface with other research councils, but not limited to:

  • bioimaging, medical imaging and structural biology
  • genomic, phonemic and other ‘omics approaches to human health and disease research
  • infectious disease research
  • development of experimental medicine or novel therapeutic approaches
  • advanced cell therapies and techniques
  • longitudinal population studies
  • cell, tissue, or organ banking facilities
  • preclinical research facilities
  • national facilities for medical research
  • major capital investments
  • technology development activities
  • necessary data platforms to support specific infrastructure activity.

Membership from 1 March 2022

  • Professor Eleanor Riley (Chair), The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Perdita Barran (Deputy Chair), The University of Manchester
  • Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly, DRI, Cardiff University
  • Professor Richard Bowtell, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Chun-Wa Chung, GSK
  • Professor Sir Mike Ferguson, University of Dundee
  • Mr James Fleming, Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor Deborah Henderson, Newcastle University
  • Professor Mark Kearney, University of Leeds
  • Dr Anneke Lubben, University of Bath
  • Dr Alison Mather, Quadrum Institute
  • Professor Philip Newsome, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Maddy Parsons, King’s College London
  • Dr Tim Peakman, Protas
  • Professor Nick Wareham, University of Cambridge

View the conflicts of interest register for this group.


Dr Adam Staines, MRC Associate Director for Cross Council Partnerships and Infrastructure


Dr Katherine Lutteroth, Programme Manager for Infrastructure and Capital

Maternity leave April 2022 to April 2023

Dr Heather Burgess, Programme Manager for Infrastructure and Capital


Last updated: 12 September 2023

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