Presentation on theme: "MRC Funded Research Opportunities"— Presentation transcript:
1 MRC Funded Research Opportunities Harriet WarburtonProgramme Manager, Research Career Awards, MRCImperial College Junior Doctors’ Training DayLondon – 12th September 2012
2 About the Medical Research Council The Medical Research Council was founded in 1913 is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units, centres and institutes in the UK, and in our units in Africa.MRC funding for research - £758m (2009/10)50% of funding is directly to MRC research establishments 3 institutes, 28 units (2 overseas)50% of funding is to universities and centres 22 centres, research grants, training awards and fellowships£78m pa on training and career developmentPeopleSupports 5,700 staff350 research fellows and 1,500 students2
3 Balance: People – Project - Place FellowshipsThe personThe projectThe ‘place’GrantsThe project / programmeThe peopleThe ‘place (s)’“The thing I enjoy so much is that my work has direct application to people…”MRC/Academy of Medical Sciences Clinician Scientist
4 MRC Fellowship Schemes Features:No age limitsReturn from a career breakAwards can be held part timeSupport for maternity/sick leaveProcedures are designed to minimise discriminationMRC fellowships enable outstanding individuals to undertake challenging projects in excellent research and training environments.
5 Range of MRC fellowships Senior Non-ClinicalCareer Development AwardYrs Post PhD-1123456789101112CRTFClinical LectureshipClinician ScientistSenior Clinical LectureshipSenior ClinicalPopulation Health ScienceBiomed informatics, Biostats, Economics of HealthMethodology Development
6 MRC Clinical Research Fellows Potential research leaders of the futureOutstanding candidates (potential not just project))Vision (appropriate to their career stage)Synergy between clinical & research trainingDevelopment through excellent researchIntellectually demandingUsing advanced methods, skills & technologiesAccess to essential research facilities & resourcesDevelopment in an excellent environmentInspirational leadership & supervisionHigh quality and impact scienceEngagement in research translationAccess to national & international excellenceGreat mentorshipEnabling career choices and advancementAs clinician and researcher
9 Clinical Research Training Fellowships At pre-doctoral/ entry level for clinically qualified to undertake specialised or further research training in clinical or bio-medical sciences within the UK.Combining research with clinical training2 clinical sessions/week (3 for surgeons)12 month abeyance of award for concentrated trainingPersonal salaryResearch expenses - £15K p.a. plus animal costsOverseas training allowance2 rounds p.a. (Jan & Sept) approx 50 fellowships offered per yearResearch overseas (1yr)/ 2nd UK Centre/UK Industrial TrainingOpportunities to be co-funded by Royal Colleges or charities related to the field of studyAverage cost around £200k
11 Clinician Scientist Fellowship The MRC’s Clinician Scientist Fellowships aim to develop outstanding medically and other clinically qualified professionals who have gained a PhD/DPhil to establish themselves as independent researchers.They will demonstrate a rigorous and insightful approach to research, and the ability to relate their research to clinical medicine and to the improvement of health.They will have a clear sense of how they wish to develop their careers as clinicians and scientists and show the potential to become research and/or clinical leaders in the future.The proposed project and centre will provide valuable trainingexperience and the applicant will gain generic and transferable skills
13 Senior Clinical Fellowships The MRC’s senior clinical fellowships aim to develop outstanding medically and other clinically qualified professionals such that they become research leaders.They will have a strong track record of challenging, original and productive research; of effective collaboration; and of training in robust research methods and technologies.They will demonstrate scientific vision, insight and originality; the ability to relate their proposed research to clinical medicine and the potential to lead other scientists. It is expected that applicants’ clinical work helps to inform and strengthen their research work.There is not the same expectation to move centres.
14 Other funding: Types of grants Standard “response mode” GrantsResearch grantsNew investigator research grantsProgramme grantsAwards to promote collaborationBetween HEIs (Partnership grants)With industry (MRC Industry Collaboration Awards)Short awards for personal developmentDiscipline hoppingPeople exchange
15 Being successful Understand the funder Medical Research CouncilBeing successfulUnderstand the funderScience: remit and opportunitiesAdministrative: Forms; CV; page length & number; finance & signatures.Be boldAmbitious, original… and NOT boringPlan well & be realisticYou will be over-optimistic! A complex study will roll out more slowly than you think.Agreements and authorisations will take time.Not everything will work. Clarify dependencies and risks, and plan contingencies15Sample text for footerApril 6,
16 Being successful Discuss and learn Medical Research CouncilBeing successfulDiscuss and learnDraw on experienced colleagues, mentors, research Board members, funding officials & patient groupsLearn from “failure” and feedback (<25% of applications may be funded)Present clearly: person, project, placeBe specific: what you aim to achieve, why and howYou will need to inform and persuade a diverse audienceExplain and justifyresearch question / hypothesisdesign / strategydelivery (methods, collaborations, management);ethicsresources16Sample text for footerApril 6,
17 Our website www.mrc.ac.uk should be your first port of call
18 Clinical Fellowship deadlines Clinical Research Training Fellowship (Round 2)Call opens: 04 December 2012Submissions by 4pm: 15 January 2013Short listing: May 2013Interviews: June 2013Take up dates: August 2013 to January 2014Clinician Scientist FellowshipCall opens: 26 February 2013Submissions by 4pm: 09 April 2013Short listing: September 2013Interviews: November 2013Take up dates: January to June 2014Senior Clinical Fellowship