Career Development Award
The MRC career development award provides up to five years' support for outstanding post-doctoral researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral research trainee to independent investigator. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years’ funding available. It includes an option of 12 months research training outside the UK, in UK industry, or at another UK research centre, to enable fellows to acquire new transferable techniques and skills. The scheme also provides a jointly funded postdoctoral award in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
- Who can apply?
- Scientific Remit
- Funding provided
- Tenure of award
- The MRC and Multiple Sclerosis Society training fellowship
- Deadlines and submission details
- Other work responsibilities
- Applications for further support
- Other grant support
- Guidance for applicants
Applicants should have a PhD or DPhil and have at least three years and no more than six years’ post-doctoral experience at the time of application closing date (as advertised on the deadline page of the website). Applicants who hold a research-oriented MSc degree and have undertaken at least four years' appropriate postgraduate research work - such as in medical statistics - may be considered.
Medically and other clinically qualified professionals who are clinically active should consider MRC’s Clinical Fellowships or Population Health Scientist Fellowship schemes.
As with all MRC fellowships, these awards are not available to individuals who hold a tenured academic position at the time of application. If you hold a tenured position, you may apply for funding under one of the MRC's grant schemes.
There are no residence eligibility restrictions for this fellowship. As part of the MRC’s equal opportunities policy, consideration will be given to applicants who are returning to science following a career break. There are no age limits for any of our schemes and all fellowships may be held part-time to fit in with domestic responsibilities.
Proposals are encouraged across all areas of the MRC’s remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease, to translational and clinical research.
The fellowship provides a competitive salary, research support staff, research consumables expenses, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project under full economic costs. The award also provides funding for research training outside the UK. Higher requests for resources must be justified in terms of delivering the objectives of the research proposal.
An MRC career development award may be awarded for up to five years. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years funding available. Part-time fellowships for individuals who wish to combine research with domestic responsibilities may apply for a period of up to 5 years pro-rata.
Applications are invited for this joint award from non-clinical researchers who also wish to undertake research into understanding and treating multiple sclerosis.
Clinical researchers may apply for this joint funding scheme through the MRC clinical research training fellowship.
This fellowship competition is held twice a year, however applicants may only apply to one CDA competition in any 12 month period. There is no need to submit an outline application.
Please apply for the Career Development Award using the RCUK Je-S application system.
Please see the schedule and deadlines for fellowships for closing dates.
Your proposal must be submitted through the MRC Je-S system by 4pm on the relevant closing date.
MRC career development fellows and research support staff funded through full-time fellowships may spend up to six hours a week teaching, demonstrating or supervising research staff not funded by the fellowship. Payment for such work may be retained in full if this is the host institution’s normal policy.
Existing fellows who wish to continue developing their research careers, and who do not have an established position, would be eligible to compete for an MRC senior non-clinical fellowship.
Career development award holders are encouraged to apply as a principle investigator or co-investigator for grant support via an MRC research grant or collaboration grant, or grants from other funding organisations, subject to written approval from the MRC fellowship section. Fellows seeking this further support should ensure that the additional work can be carried out within the six hours per week allowed for other duties as stipulated under other work responsibilities and in the fellowship terms and conditions (part FA19). In certain cases consideration will be given to allowing the fellow to apply for grant funding which exceeds these limits.
- Career Development Awards FAQs
- Current scientific priority areas
- Deadlines for applications
- Fellowship Application Guidance
- Assessment criteria
- Fellowship terms and conditions
- Residence eligibility requirements
- Fellowship CV Template
If you have a query about the scientific aspect of your research proposal, please contact the programme manager below:
Contact: Dr Joanna Robinson
For eligibility queries, please contact:
For grant maintenance queries, please contact:
Research Funding Policy and Delivery
MRC Research Funding Service Delivery RFPD@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk