You can apply for academically-led translational projects that aim to either:
- improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of significant health needs
- develop research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions.
All diseases and interventions are eligible for support. You can also address global health issues.
Support is available for the following stages of development:
- early development and design
- pre-clinical testing of novel interventions
- early-phase clinical studies and trials of novel interventions (phases 1 and 2a).
Your project can start and finish at any point along the developmental pathway. You can submit follow-on proposals where you can justify the need for continued support.
You can apply for funding for work on novel:
- candidate therapeutic entities (for example, drug discovery)
- vaccines for infectious or non-infectious disease
- biologics (antibodies, peptides, proteins)
- advanced therapeutics (for example, gene therapy and T-cell therapy)
- regenerative medicine approaches
- repurposing clinical studies or using existing therapies for new indications
- medical devices
- digital healthcare, app development or artificial intelligence
- diagnostics (including biomarker validation)
- medical imaging technology
- surgical techniques or tools
- behavioural and psychological interventions
- radiotherapy and radiation protocols
- interventions that benefit health in low and middle-income countries.
This funding opportunity will not support:
- fundamental or investigative research not linked to a development plan (supported by the MRC science areas)
- clinical studies where the main aim is to investigate disease mechanism (supported by the MRC science areas)
- late-phase clinical trials (supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) efficacy and mechanism evaluation and NIHR health technology assessment programmes)
- late-phase global health trials (supported by applied global health).
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Length and limit of funding
There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for or the length of your project. You should instead justify the timescale and resources needed in the context of the proposed work.
We encourage working with charities or industry partners where these partnerships can add value to the project.
Collaborators may add value by giving access to:
Please note that collaboration is not a prerequisite for application.
Applications involving industry collaboration must complete an MRC Industry Collaboration Framework additional document. This should be submitted with your outline application.
Please note that we do not fund the work of your industrial partners.