Medical Research Councils to abolish project grants

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1569
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced the first major shake up of research funding for 30 years. Stand alone project grants will be abolished from 1998, and in their place will be five new funding schemes (see box).

    New MRC funding schemes

    Centre grants
    • The university must make a commitment and agree a research strategy with the MRC in a major area of research

    • The centre will usually be a single site led by a director of “international standing”

    • The funding will be long term and reviewed every five years

    • There will be three or four awards a year until 20 such centres are operating

    Cooperative group grants
    • The aim is to encourage researchers to work collaboratively and share ideas, facilities, and other support

    • Researchers could be from different departments or even different institutions

    • There must be a minimum of three researchers, of whom two must be MRC funded (no maximum number of researchers)

    • Individual grants will predominantly be short term-usually three to four years-but these do not necessarily have to be coterminous

    • Cooperative status will be reviewed every five to six years; the aim is …

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