Mapping the biomedical research funding landscape



The MRC has come together with seven other research funders to create an interactive ‘map’ of the funding schemes available to biomedical researchers.

The first of its kind focused on medical research, the ‘funding view’ takes the form of an interactive map, giving the user an easy way to navigate the UK biomedical research funding landscape. It brings biomedical research funding opportunities together in one place, including funding schemes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NC3Rs, the National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome.

The aim of the resource is to help members of the research community view and compare different funding schemes across career stages. It provides an outline and related links for each type of award, including the required level of experience, level of funding and duration.

MRC developed the ‘funding view’ based on feedback received via the ‘feedback function’ of their successful Interactive Career Framework, which they continue to update with new case studies. MRC also welcomes feedback from the research community on this new resource.

Dr Jim Smith, MRC Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy, said: “As funders of medical research we know that scientists at all stages of their careers need to be aware of what funding opportunities are available to them. We have therefore created a simple, interactive guide that allows researchers to browse funding opportunities from eight major UK grant-awarding bodies. Alongside the MRC’s Interactive Career Framework, I recommend that anyone embarking on a career in biomedical research should use this resource to help guide their career.”


Read more on the MRC Insight blog.