The aim of the scheme is to support internationally competitive independent investigators to:
- lead an ambitious research programme
- pursue research training opportunities to develop their career
- make the transition to research leader.
We welcome applications from across all areas of MRC’s remit to improve human health. This may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease, to translational and developmental clinical research.
MRC science areas include:
Explore MRC’s areas of scientific remit.
We also welcome proposals for interdisciplinary approaches or research that will address global health issues and be of benefit to those living in low and middle-income countries.
We’re looking for talented researchers who have gained a higher research degree and who need support to transition to leadership.
You must be able to:
- explain why a fellowship is the best way to support your long-term career goals and chosen career path to become a research leader, for example by identifying career development opportunities such as management and leadership training
- show ambitious and credible ideas for using the fellowship to enable a step-change in your career
- describe your experience of managing your own independent research group, including influencing and supporting others to maximise their potential
- show how your skills and experience match those of the transition to leadership career stage in our applicant skills and experience criteria
A senior fellowship is not merely a large personal grant.
What the fellowship gives you
The senior non-clinical fellowship provides support for up to five years. We expect you to take advantage of the full five years’ funding available. However, we understand that plans for the later stages of a fellowship will not be as defined as the initial years.
If you are intending to apply for a shorter period, you should contact the programme manager (email@example.com) before submitting a proposal. These periods are based on full-time equivalents.
Awards may be held on a part-time basis to meet personal commitments but not because of other professional commitments.
We expect you to take up your fellowship no more than six months after the date of the review meeting.
This fellowship scheme provides a competitive salary, giving you the chance to concentrate fully on your research, training and development.
You may spend up to six hours a week (pro-rated for part-time fellowships) on other commitments such as teaching, demonstrating, other funded projects.
Read MRC’s guidance on research staff development.
We may allow greater flexibility on the time dedicated to non-fellowship activities (for example, those detailed above or obtaining grant support) during the second half of a fellowship. Email the programme manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans.
Find out more about what to expect as an MRC fellow.
The senior non-clinical fellowship award will cover 50% of the cost of your salary. The fellowship will also provide funding for:
- research staff costs
- consumables expenses
- travel costs
- appropriate capital equipment
The award will also support a period of research overseas, at a second UK institution or within the industry, whichever is most appropriate. We encourage successful applicants to take advantage of these opportunities to establish collaborative networks and cross-sector development.
There is no limit to the amount of funding you can request under this scheme, however awards do not typically exceed £2 million (80% full economic cost).
Requests must be appropriate to the project and you must be able to justify the amount you need to meet the objectives of your research proposal.
Awards are made under the full economic costing framework.
MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost. The research organisation must agree to find the balance of full economic cost from other resources.