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From the archive: What makes for an MRC win?


Pilot data, clinical relevance and canny timing all play their part, say five grantees

The Medical Research Council’s Research Grants are an important part of the lifeblood of biomedical research in the UK. With no official limit on the amount of funding that can be applied for and available for up to five years, winning a first Research Grant represents a step forward in a scientist’s career. But how to best position oneself in such a fiercely competitive contest? In November 2019, Research Professional News spoke with five winners and asked for their assessments of why they were selected in several areas.

MRC Research Grants have deadlines which differ across the four research boards that cover the council’s remit. The next deadline for applications to the general and new investigator Research Grants submitted to the neurosciences and mental health board (which interviewees in this article applied to) is 25 January 2023.

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