Methodology research programme: Nov 2017
Please see the Methodology Research Programme Portal before applying for further information on:
- Programme Overview
- Active Highlight notices
- Panel membership
- Training, resources and outputs
The MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme (MRP) is co-funded by the MRC and the Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Who can apply?
Applications can be led by academics based at UK Universities, MRC Units and approved independent research organisations. Applicants should follow the normal application process for the type of grant you wish to apply for: research grant, new investigator research grants, programme grants and partnership grants.
A research grant can be awarded for any period of up to five years, but those of two years or less are for proof of principle or pilot work only. All proposals anticipating an MRC expenditure greater than £500,000 should be discussed with the programme manager for MRP before submission (see contacts).
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the Methodology Research Programme before applying.
We encourage applications involving interaction with industry through the MRC Industry Collaboration Agreement (MICA) framework.
Researchers who hold active or pending funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment, Health Services and Delivery Research, Public Health Research or Invention for Innovation programmes can apply for an MRP Embedded Methodology Award. These applications are welcomed via the normal MRP application process.
Researchers seeking funding for biomarker identification and validation should apply through the relevant research boards.
Researchers seeking funding to develop methodology within a specific application should also apply through the relevant research boards. In this instance applicants should additionally contact the Methodology Research Programme Manager to ensure best methodological support is provided throughout the peer review process.
Methodology Research Programme Panel deadlines
The panel meets twice annually. Application deadlines are usually in June and November. All proposals are assessed by external experts before they are considered by the MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Panel at their meetings.
Highlight notices indicate areas of strategic importance relating to MRC and NIHR priorities, and those of partner organisations such as MHRA, NICE and the four UK health departments. Applications are invited in:
- Methodology for stratified medicine
- Reporting guidelines for non-communicable disease public health modelling studies
- Methodology to improve the quality of case study-based research into the influences of context on complex system-level interventions
- Methodology for development of causal models of complex interventions; Context and mechanism of action
- Methods research to support the use of observational data in healthcare decision making
- Development of methods to harness observational data to inform development of learning health systems
Contacts and guidance
If you have a query about the scientific aspects of your research proposal or whether it is within remit, please contact:
Programme Manager: Dr Samuel Rowley
If your query concerns the MRP panel and peer review process or a current application please contact:
MRP panel team
For queries regarding the Je-S application process, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk:
Telephone: +44 (0)1793 44 4164 (open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
You should use the research councils’ Joint electronic submissions (Je-S) to manage your current MRC grant. Please request any changes to the grant through Je-S.
If you wish to contact the Grant Post-Award Team please email GrantsPostAward@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk