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Assessment criteria for MRC fellowships

There are three stages to the assessment process:

  • External peer review
  • Shortlisting
  • Interview

The referees and interview panel members are asked to consider the:

  • Standing and potential of the person
  • Suitability and scientific merit of the research project
  • Excellence of the place where the research will be based

Where pre-to-postdoctoral fellowships incorporate doctoral research training, interview panels will additionally draw on the assessment criteria for studentships

 

Summary of MRC fellowship assessment criteria

The applicant 

Senior 

Intermediate 

Pre- to post-doctoral 

Has the applicant demonstrated their independence as a research scientist?  

n/a

X

X

Has the applicant demonstrated their potential as a high-calibre researcher?  

X

X

X

Does the applicant have the ability to carry out the proposed project work?  

X

X

X

Has the applicant shown that they can effectively lead a research team?  

X

X

X

Does the applicant show significant potential of becoming a leader in their field  

X

n/a

n/a

The project  

  

  

 

Is the proposed project of high scientific merit (taking into account overall quality, originality, and importance both in terms of the likelihood of scientific advance and of increasing knowledge relevant to improving health)  

X

X

X

Is the overall approach convincing, coherent and effective? Is the methodology appropriate?  

X

X

X

Is it achievable within the timescale and resources, taking into account clinical commitments where appropriate?  

X

X

X

Is there a clear training element? How will this benefit the applicant, and will the work enable them to become independent?  

n/a

X

X

The place 

  

  

 

The standing of the proposed centre in the field  

X

X

X

Is the centre an appropriate one for the proposed project and career goals of the applicant?  

X

X

X

What is the quality of training that the applicant would be likely to receive there? 

n/a

n/a

X

Where there is an overseas/industrial training component, is the proposed period appropriate and justified? How will the applicant benefit? The standing of the proposed centre in the field? 

n/a

X

X

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