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How we fund population health sciences

The MRC funds population health sciences (PHS) through boards and panels, centres and units, strategic skills fellowships, multi-funder partnerships and strategic initiatives, and support global health research through our units, grants, fellowships and partnerships with other funders.

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:

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.  

Read more about the PHIND scheme.

Skills Development Fellowships

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.

The development and application of advanced quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are strategically important to UK health research. This is particularly the case in health economics, biomedical informatics, population health sciences and social sciences. We provide a number of opportunities to scientists in these areas through the following Skills Development Fellowship schemes:

  • Quantitative expertise
  • Expertise at the social science interface

Read more about Skills Development Fellowships.

National Institute for Health Research

Applied public health research in the UK is supported through a range of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes.

To learn more about these research programmes, visit the NIHR website.