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Applicant handbook and annexes

Detailed advice on how to apply for a grant from the MRC.


The handbook covers:

  • Who can apply?
  • How to apply?
  • Financial support
  • Preparing a ‘case for support’
  • Special considerations (ethics, use of animals, human tissue etc)
  • Assessment criteria for grants
  • Assessment by research boards
  • Scoring system
  • Appendix 1: Full Economic Costing
  • Appendix 2: MRC statement on bioterrorism and biomedical research


Download the Applicant handbook(PDF)



Additionally some grant schemes have annexes which must be read in conjunction with the applicant’s handbook:



Terms and conditions

There are two sets of terms and conditions that grants applicants must abide by: MRC terms and conditions and those of the Research Councils UK (RCUK).


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