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Title: MRC Fellowship Opportunities


1
MRC Fellowship Opportunities
  • Dr Jo Latimer
  • Programme Manager

2
Plan of Talk
  • Background about MRC
  • Next Steps of MRC Funding
  • Fellowships
  • Research Grants
  • Tips on writing good applications
  • Assessment of Fellowships

3
Medical Research Council
  • Established in 1913 and is one of seven Research
    Councils who come under the umbrella of RCUK
  • Funded mainly by Government (accountable to
    Parliament, reports to DIUS)
  • Independent in deciding which research to support
  • In 2005/06, the MRC spent gt560 million on
    research and training support in our institutes,
    units and universities

RCUK, Research Councils UKDIUS, Department of
Innovations, Universities and Skills
4
Our Mission
  • Encourage and support high quality research with
    the aim of maintaining and improving human health
  • Produce skilled researchers, and to advance and
    disseminate knowledge and technology to improve
    the quality of life and economic competitiveness
    in the UK
  • To promote dialogue with the public about
    medical research

5
  • Fellowships Research Grants

6
Opportunities for Non-Clinical Scientists
Grant Opportunities
Non Clinical Appointment
Fellowship Opportunities
PhD student
Studentships via Doctoral Training Account
Research Assistant Post on Grant
Post-Doc 1
Intermediate Awards Career Development
Post-Doc 2()
New Investigator Awards
Lecturer
Senior Fellowships
Readership
Research Grants
Professorship
7
Opportunities for Clinical Scientists
NHS Clinical Career Pathway
Clinical Academic Career Path
MRC Provision (Clinical Fellowships)
MRC Provision (Grants)
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
MD or PhD
Lecturer
Clinician Scientist Fellowship
New Investigator Research Awards
Senior lecturer
Research Grants / Collaboration grants
Senior Clinical Fellowships
Professor
8
Opportunities for Clinical Scientists
9
Opportunities for Allied Health Professionals
Nurses, midwives, radiographers, psychologists,
other AHPs
Masters degree or equivalent postgraduate
research-oriented qualification
PhD, DPhil, MD
ELIGIBLE FOR
ELIGIBLE FOR
Health Services and Health of the Public
Fellowship
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Health Services and Health of the Public
Fellowship
OR
Clinician Scientist Fellowship/ Career
Development Award
Senior Clinical/Non-Clinical Fellowship
PhD, DPhil, MD
10
Summary
Non-Clinical
Clinical
PhD training Clinical Research Training Fellowship PhD studentship
Post-doctoral training Clinician Scientist Fellowship Career Development Award
Established investigator Senior Clinical Fellowship Senior Fellowship
11
Fellowships Pre- to post-doctoral Awards
  • Research training towards a PhD for clinical
    scientists or post-doctoral research training for
    non-clinical scientists
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships
  • Health Services and Health Of The Public Research
    Fellowships

12
Fellowships Intermediate Awards
  • Post-doctoral/further post-doctoral experience
    consolidation of skills. Transition from
    postdoctoral researcher to independent
    investigator
  • Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • Open to medical dental graduates up to
    Consultant grade, nurses, midwives and other
    health profession researchers
  • Joint Collaborative Career Development Award in
    Stem Cell Research
  • Open to clinical non-clinical applicants
  • Career Development Award in Biostatistics
  • Open to non-clinical post-doctoral researchers
  • Career Development Award
  • Open to non-clinical post-doctoral researchers
  • Department Of Health Clinician Scientist Award
  • Open to medical dental graduates up to Special
    Registrar grade, nurses, midwives and other
    health profession researchers

13
Fellowships Senior Awards
  • Awards for independent scientist/team leaders
    national/international recognition
  • Senior Clinical Fellowship
  • Open to medical dental graduates up to
    Consultant grade, nurses, midwives and other
    health profession researchers
  • Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship
  • Open to non-clinical post-doctoral researchers,
    nurses and other health profession researchers

14
Award Support for Intermediate/Senior
  • Personal salary
  • Research support for staff
  • Research expenses
  • Travel allowance
  • Capital equipment
  • Up to one year in research centre overseas/2nd
    UK Centre/UK Industrial Training (2 years for
    CDA)

15

Features of MRC Fellowship Awards
  • No age limits
  • Can return from a career break
  • Awards can be held part time
  • Support for maternity/sick leave
  • Procedures are designed to minimise
    discrimination

16
New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG)
  • Applicants are expected to be at the beginning of
    their independent research careers. They will
  • have a PhD, D Phil or an MD
  • have institutional support
  • have a minimum of three years post qualification
    research experience (account will be taken of
    career breaks)
  • be within three years of the start of their first
    established academic appointment (or within five
    years for clinicians and this may be at Senior
    Lecturer level)
  • be in a senior post doctoral position taking
    their first steps towards establishing themselves
    as an independent principal investigator
  • receive funds for three years including Salary
    of the principal investigator where they do not
    hold a tenured position Support for an
    additional research, technical or other post
    consumables equipment travel costs.

17
  • What makes a good application?
  • What might cause an application to fail?

18
Elements of successful proposals
  • Emphasis on track record for established
    investigators /potential for early career
    investigators
  • Need a clear rationale for the research - less
    detail about long-term experimental plans i.e.
  • Clarity Succinctness key
  • Methodology - Preliminary Data
  • Collaborations
  • Look at recent quality of work productivity
  • Quality of proposed training environment
  • High-risk/high pay-off research encouraged

19
An application will fail because
  • Lack of good track record/publication record
  • Applicants lack of appropriate experience
  • Unfocused, overambitious project
  • No clear hypothesis, or not hypothesis-driven
  • Methodology not sufficiently detailed
  • Project not intellectually challenging
  • Training element incomplete/unclear
  • Unoriginal, pedestrian approach
  • Centre has no international standing in research
    area
  • Lack of infrastructure/facilities in training
    environment

20
Seeking another centre
  • Demonstrates applicant is looking for breadth of
    research experience
  • Should look for a centre
  • offering good career development and research
    training opportunities
  • which is the most appropriate for the applicants
    particular research area
  • If applicant needs to remain where they are
  • Should spell out reasons for this
  • Explain what additional training they will gain
    if they stay

21
  • Assessment Procedure

22
Assessment of Fellowships
  • The Process
  • Referees
  • Shortlisting
  • Panel Interview

23
The Interview
  • Led by designated panel members
  • Collecting evidence against key criteria
  • Questioning by other panel members
  • Private scoring and discussion
  • Review of final ranking, including strategic
    importance of the area for training

24
Assessment of Fellowships
  • Potential of the individual - to develop into a
    competitive researcher
  • Quality of the environment
  • Quality of the training proposed
  • Relevance / value of any proposed period
    overseas or in industry

25
Fellowship Applications vs. Awards
26
Where to Start?
27
Information on Fellowships
28
Thank you!
  • Contacts
  • General Enquiries
  • fellows_at_headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
  • students_at_headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
  • grants_at_headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
  • Scientific queries via Programme Managers
  • Details on MRC web-site under each Research
    Board
  • (http//www.mrc.ac.uk/OurResearch/
  • TheResearchBoards/index.ht
    m)
  • Post Award Administration
  • (award letters, payments queries)
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