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Network summer 2018: Executive Chair's comment

As Executive Chair of the MRC my aspiration is that the UK should provide the best medical research environment in the world, with superb facilities and creative funding to support excellence throughout the country.

We need to support and encourage excellence while counteracting the belief amongst researchers that a science career is simply an unremitting series of rejections. The recently launched UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (see page opposite) are exciting opportunities for early-career researchers and innovators, and I would encourage anyone eligible to apply.

It is also essential that we support research at interfaces between fields that have not intersected previously, facilitating creativity while avoiding the temptation to micro-manage. This is a high priority for UKRI, including interdisciplinary funding schemes like the Technology Touching Life awards

I am currently working hard to learn as much as I can about the MRC and look forward to sharing my vision for the future with you over the coming months.

Professor Fiona Watt 
MRC Executive Chair