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Opportunity profile: Spread the method


A plan to impact research practice is essential for the UK’s leading methodology funding scheme

Top tips

  • Methods improvement should be front and centre of your bid.
  • Impact is important: you need to describe how you will use your results to drive change in research behaviour.
  • Embrace risk but minimise uncertainty; specify methods where you can and detail project management techniques where you can’t.
  • The response to reviewers’ comments is crucial; be careful in your replies.

The Better Methods, Better Research scheme, run jointly by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health and Care Research, is the UK’s leading scheme for biomedical researchers looking to improve research methodology and, crucially, see those improvements implemented.

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