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From the archive: Spread the method


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

The Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health and Care Research have upped the total amount available per round for the Better Methods, Better Research scheme, which they jointly oversee. This year, £2.5 million in total is available in each of the scheme’s two annual rounds, up from £2m per round. The next deadline is 14 June and the scheme will reopen for its second annual round on 29 September and close again on 8 November.

Most other details of the scheme remain unchanged (although potential applicants are advised to check this closely). Projects, which should look to develop or improve generalisable biomedical and health research methods, can run for up to 36 months and cost a total of £625,000, for which the MRC and NIHR will usually fund up to 80 per cent.

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