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Funding for population health science

How we fund population health sciences

We fund population health sciences (PHS) through boards and panels, centres and units, various fellowships and multi-funder partnerships such as UKPRP and UK Biobank. We also support PHS in a global context including through our units in Africa. We support interventions development for public health, in both the UK and globally, through the PHIND scheme

PHIND scheme

Funders and policy makers need to be confident that a proposed intervention is relevant, has an appropriate design and is based on reliable evidence from early developmental studies. The MRC Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) scheme provides support for early phase development of public health interventions up to, but not including, the pilot phase. It complements funding available from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), MRC Global Health and other sources for subsequent stages of public health intervention development and evaluation.  

Boards and panels

Population health research is funded across our boards and panels. Applications within the remit of our boards and panels can be submitted at any time:

Population health cohorts

The MRC considers applications for new cohorts and sweeps of existing studies. Applications for longitudinal population health studies based on cohorts should be first submitted as outlines to the Cohort Strategic Review Group

Population Research UK (PRUK)

MRC has agreed, with in-kind contributions from ESRC and Wellcome, to fund pilot work led by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) to develop the foundations of a new resource to be known as Population Research UK (PRUK).  Subject to progress and availability of funding, a new leadership team will be established in 2021 to take PRUK forward. Key outputs will include ready and easy access to different multidisciplinary datasets from Longitudinal Population Studies (LPS) with enhanced interoperability based on metadata. With a focus on working in partnership, stakeholder engagement will begin in late 2020, beginning with the LPS research community and research data infrastructure providers.


MRC fellowships provide outstanding scientists with exceptional opportunities to develop their careers, by concentrating on challenging research and gaining the broader experience that is essential to a future leadership role.

MRC’s fellowships can support the development of talented individuals to strengthen the UK population health research base.