You must apply through the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
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.
When applying select ‘new document’ then:
- council: MRC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: research grant
- call/type/mode: Develop guidance for better research methods June 2023.
You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application.
The opportunity will close at 16:00 on 7 June 2023 and it will not be possible to submit applications after this time.
What to include
Applications must include:
- a completed proposal form
- a case for support (up to four pages)
- applicant CVs for the principal investigator and co-investigators (up to two pages per person)
- applicant publication lists for the principal investigator and co-investigators (no more than one page each)
- a justification of resources, including a detailed table of costings (up to three pages).
All costs on Je-S should be included under the cost heading ‘other directly incurred costs’, indicating the cost type as ‘exceptions’.
A data management plan is not required, unless requested by the programme manager after applications have been submitted.
This programme is open once a year with a June deadline.
Case for support
This is mandatory and should be no more than four pages.
You will need to provide details of the methodology you will use to develop your guidance.
In the context of this funding opportunity, methodology does not include tools, assays or biomarkers, but can include generalisable methods that underpin their use.
With this in mind, your case for support should:
- provide evidence of the need for the guidance you are developing, such as:
- current literature
- methodological practice
- value to be added by its development
- demonstrate the relevance of the expertise of the applicant team
- include the methodology for identifying stakeholders, eliciting their views and co-producing guidance
- include justification of the breadth of guidance to be delivered, considering the trade-off between impact and feasibility
- include the proposed scope and format of consensus activities
- explain the format of the proposed outputs and the dissemination strategy, including optimal targeting, delivery and promotion, and legacy plans
- identify risks (including barriers to consensus and uptake) and appropriate mitigation strategies
- include the proposed project timeline.