How we fund research
We support and advance medical research, spending around £600m each year.
We do this by providing research grants and career awards to scientists. Our funding opportunities are either:
- Researcher-led: Regular, continuous funding opportunities. Proposals are reviewed at board and panel meetings. Funding is available for any area of science relevant to the MRC, to eligible groups and individuals, offering funding on a range of scales, across career stages, from fundamental to translational research.
- MRC strategic: Funding opportunities in a specific research area defined by the MRC, usually for a one-off call or a time-limited period. Proposals may have special application and review mechanisms.
We also support research through our institutes, units and centres. Some are highly focused on specific science areas, others have a very broad research remit.