MRC Council

On 1 April 2018 MRC became a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The MRC Council is responsible both for advising the MRC executive chair and making decisions, as delegated to it by the UKRI Board, on scientific, research and innovation matters.

MRC is responsible for covering research into medicine and biomedicine aimed at improving human health. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • the leadership of their specific research domain, including prioritisation of budgets and the development of delivery plans
  • ensuring the future supply of skilled researchers and other specialists essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity
  • engaging with their community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs

The Council will support and challenge the executive chair to ensure the effective delivery of the council’s mission. In particular:

  • provide guidance, advice and make recommendations as appropriate on research, knowledge exchange, training and innovation to the executive chair and, if required, to the UKRI Board. Where relevant this will include ensuring that the UK receives greatest benefit from its involvement in major international programmes
  • contribute to the development and implementation of the UKRI research and innovation strategy
  • provide leadership in the development and delivery of the council’s strategic delivery plan

The Council comprises a combination of previously serving council members and new members.


See all members of MRC Council

See the MRC Council conflicts of interest register

Meeting dates, minutes and agendas

The meeting dates for 2023 to 2024 are:

  • 13 March 2024

The meeting dates for 2024 to 2025 are:

  • 3 to 4 July 2024
  • 24 to 25 September 2024
  • 11 to 12 December 2024
  • 12 March 2025

The meeting dates for 2025 to 2026 are:

  • 30 June to 1 July 2025
  • 24 to 25 September 2025
  • 1 to 2 December 2025
  • 12 March 2026

See meeting agendas and minutes for MRC Council meetings from 2021

See older minutes and agendas on the UK Government Web Archive

Last updated: 13 February 2024

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