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Funding

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.
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  • 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.

Researcher-led funding opportunities

You can apply at any time for our research funding or career awards. These fall within one or more of our science areas, each overseen by a board or panel.

Browse application deadlines.

MRC strategic funding opportunities

You can apply for MRC strategic funding when we make opportunities available to help meet our priorities.

Browse our current funding opportunities.

Institutes, Units and Centres

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Definitions of, and a full list of our institutes, units and centres.