Research

Success rates

2017/18 summary:

  • 1,865 applications were received for grant and fellowship funding
  • 445 awards were made with a total value of over £313 million
  • 86% of grant applications judged as internationally competitive were funded

Funding decisions are made on the basis of scientific quality and success rates vary over time due to the quality of proposals received, levels of funding available and demand from the research community. Information on the success rates by scheme for 2017/18 is provided in the tables below.

Data showing success rates by funding type and based on the gender, age and ethnicity of applicants can also be downloaded in excel and csv format. Information on success rate data going back to 2007/08 can be accessed from the all published success rate data page - see related content.

In addition to this detailed MRC information we also publish high-level success rate data on the UKRI website. The data published by UKRI differs from that presented here as it uses the same approach on rounding and suppression of small numbers as the Higher Education Statistics Authority, this is to allow comparisons across research councils and against the overall diversity profile of the broader academic community.

Grant and fellowship application success rates

2017/18 application success rates

Agreement type Number of applications Number of awards Success rate
Grants (all) 1,539 375 24%
Fellowships (all) 326 70 21%

2017/18 grant application success rates (application type, gender, age, ethnicity, value) (XLS, 74KB)

2017/18 grant application success rates (application type, gender, age, ethnicity, value) (CSV, 4KB)

2017/18 fellowship application success rates (application type, gender, age, ethnicity, value) (XLS, 83KB)

2017/18 fellowship application success rates (application type, gender, age, ethnicity, value) (CSV, 6KB)

Studentship application success rates

Studentships (except Industrial CASE) are now awarded through Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), for more detailed information please visit the student DTP page

The following three year awards were made in 2015 to start in 2016/17. All awards have now been extended by two intake years (2019/2020) following a mid-term review.

Studentship scheme Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) 
Number of applications 18
Number of awards 15
Success Rate (%) 83
Notional1 number of students awarded per annum 155 (per annum)

A ‘notional studentship’ is set at the equivalent of a 3.5 year studentship, based on UKRI's minimum stipend and support levels. This does not take account of any funds leveraged research organisation used to co-fund/increase the number of students supported through the DTP.

Average award value for studentships

Studentship scheme Average award amount per student (£k)
  2016 2017 2018
Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)
London 92 93 94
Outside London 86 87 88

For previous year student allocations please see the links below.

Studentships awarded in 2011/12 for intake years (2012/13 to 2015/16) (scheme, Research Organisation) (XLS, 54KB)

Studentships awarded in 2011/12 for intake years (2012/13 to 2015/16) (scheme, Research Organisation) (CSV, 5KB)

Industrial CASE studentships

From 2017 we introduced a different approach to iCASE studentship support. This system allows the MRC to directly allocate studentships to research organisations (ROs). In 2018, awards were provided for one intake year (2018 start), with a further two intake years (2019 and 2020) awarded following a review in autumn 2018.

Studentship scheme Number of applications Number of awards Success rate (%)
Industrial CASE 28 14 50%

For more detailed information please visit the Industrial CASE studentships page.

For previous Industrial CASE awards please see:

Information on demographic data for higher education Institutes can be found at: www.ecu.ac.uk

Research organisation success rates

These files provide success rates for:

  • All applications from each research organisation, and success rates by number and value
  • The number of grant applications and the number that were internationally competitive. 

2017/18 research organisation success rates (number, value) (XLS, 92KB)

2017/18 research organisation success rates (number, value) (CSV, 26KB)

Contact us

For more information please email: corporate@mrc.ukri.org