The partnership must be led by a principal investigator (PI) based at a research organisation (RO) that is eligible to apply in response mode. Please see section 1 of the MRC guidance for applicants for information on eligibility.
The PI must demonstrate that they will direct the proposed partnership activities and manage the funding on behalf of the MRC to ensure that the objectives are fully delivered. Only researchers who will contribute to the academic leadership of the partnership should be included as a co-investigator (CoI). The proposal should outline other major collaborations important for the research and clearly demonstrate how all of the investigators named in the proposal would work together, as well as identify their respective and complementary contributions.
This scheme is open to PIs based within an MRC unit, but is not open to those within MRC institutes. Members of MRC’s institutes can apply as CoIs on partnership grants.