The Medical Research Council (MRC), in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), have announced that the third round of the Clinical Academic Research Partnership will open on 7 August 2020. Applications from consultant level staff in Wales are welcome.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both the clinical and research communities the MRC are making this pre-call announcement to enable those wishing to apply to the scheme greater time to develop partnerships and their application.
To find out more join the Clinical Academic Research Partnership scheme webinar which will be held on 15 July, 10:00 -11:00. The focus of this webinar will be eligibility. If you’re interested in taking part email MRC.EventsandCommitteesTeam@mrc.ukri.org to sign-up.
Who can apply?
The scheme is open to clinical staff at consultant level or equivalent with a PhD, or MD (or equivalent postgraduate qualification) who are not undertaking any substantive research activity but, wish to develop their research interests through collaborative high-quality research partnerships with established leading biomedical and health researchers.
Applicants should be a member of NHS staff, staff contracted to the NHS or working within the public health or care sector.
What are they looking for?
Projects are welcome across all areas of the partnering funders’ remits and interests, and are open to clinicians in any specialty or profession. Applications may range from basic discovery science to translational and applied health research, and may address research questions from disease-specific mechanistic hypotheses through to research in priority areas such as primary care, population health, public health, mental health, molecular pathology and other areas outlined in MRC’s strategic plan.
Applications addressing global health issues resulting in primary benefit to those living in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), or those proposing interdisciplinary approaches are also welcomed. The proposed project should be tailored to the interests of and expertise of the applicant and research partner and designed to provide a mutually beneficial collaboration for both parties.
The deadline for applications will be 16:00 on 29 October 2020.