Strategic Aim One:

Picking research that delivers

Strategic Aim Two:

Research to people

Strategic Aim Three:

Going global

Strategic Aim Four:

Supporting scientists


Research Changes Lives 2014 - 2019 is the MRC's refreshed strategic plan. It continues the MRC’s strategic direction building on our strengths and achievements and taking account of new scientific opportunities to secure tangible impact from MRC research. As we enter our second century we set out how support of excellent discovery science and effective partnerships to promote translation will accelerate the pace of improvements in health and stimulate economic growth.

The refreshed Strategic Plan was developed by the MRC Strategy Board and Council through a comprehensive review programme seeking the views of key stakeholders and the wider research community including our research boards, overview groups, directors, and fellows.

Research Changes Lives 2014 – 2019 seeks to provide clarity on the MRC’s priorities and the stability of our strategic direction. It will provide the framework for spending review bids to Government, facilitate active partnerships with universities, institutes and units, provide clear pathways for engagement with medical research charities, industry, NIHR/UK health departments, the Research Councils, and international agencies and communicate our vision for addressing health and wealth to the public.

The strategic aims, set out in more detail in the below sections, explain how the strategy will drive progress in support of the MRC’s mission, and deliver measurable impact of the outcomes of research. Each aim follows a hierarchical structure, with objectives to outline the goal, information about the current situation, the future desired scenario and an explanation of how we will reach this goal.

Previous strategic plans

Our past strategic plans are in Publications.

Read about how we progressed against our commitments in the last strategic plan in Research Changes Lives 2009-14: Progress (PDF, 1.48MB).