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Strategy Board

Strategy Board advises the Executive Chair and council on areas requiring high-level strategic input, including scientific strategies, prioritisation of funding and the distribution of budgets across the research boards and panels. Strategy Board is also responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of MRC’s Strategic Plan and for allocating funding from the Strategic Budget.

Strategy Board meets seven times per year. The board is chaired by the Executive Chair. Membership consists of chairs of the four research boards (Infections and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Neurosciences and Mental Health, Population and Systems Medicine), chairs of the four overview groups (Global Health, Population Health Sciences, Training and Careers, Translational Research), the MRC Executive Chair, Chief Science Officer, Chief of Strategy and the MRC Clinical Director.

Strategic funding decisions

Strategy Board has a Strategic Budget of about £30 - 40 million per year. This is used to fund major strategic initiatives and large, cross-cutting strategic investments, which cannot easily be taken through normal board funding routes. Research organisations which are eligible for MRC funding may submit proposals for consideration by Strategy Board.


Click on individual members’ links to view their declaration of interest:

Meeting dates 2018/19



December Monday 10 December 2018
February Monday 18 February 2019
March Monday 25 March 2019
May Tuesday 7 May 2019
July Monday/Tuesday 8/9 July 2019
September Tuesday 10 September 2019
October Friday 18 October 2019
December Monday/Tuesday 9/10 December 2019

Meeting dates 2020

Month Date
February Thursday 13 February 2020

Wednesday 25 March 2020

May Thursday 7 May 2020
July Thursday/Friday 9/10 July 2020
September Thursday 17 September 2020
October Wednesday 28 October 2020
December  Thursday/Friday 10/11 December 2020


For any queries regarding Strategy Board, please contact: StrategyBoard@mrc.ukri.org