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Molecular and Cellular Medicine: New Investigator: Responsive Mode

General & Misc
Project Size:
Grant Award under £1 m

Opportunity Status: Open Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)

Funding Type: Grant Publication

Date: 12 June 2024 Opening Date: 21 June 2024, 9:00am UK time

Closing Date: 17 September 2024, 4:00pm UK time


This grant supports researchers in molecular and cellular medicine who are transitioning to independence. It aims to foster new investigators with research proposals that advance understanding in this field.

Key Details

· Funding Amount: No limit, but typically under £1 million. MRC funds 80% of the full economic cost.

· Duration: Usually 3 years, covering up to 50% of salary. Projects can start 1-6 months after the decision date.

· Application Rounds: Close every January, May, and September.


· Must have the skills and experience for ‘transition to independence.’

· Requires support from an MRC-eligible host research organisation.

· Open to postdoctoral research assistants, lecturers, junior fellows, and others in similar positions.

· Applicants can be either non-clinical or clinically active researchers.

Research Focus

Funding is aimed at projects increasing understanding in:

· Molecular and cellular mechanisms

· Cellular environment and development

· Biological system responses to drugs, toxins, and diseases

Specific Areas Include:

· Cell biology

· Structural biology and biophysics

· Genetics, epigenetics, genomics

· Developmental and stem cell biology

· Regenerative medicine

· Molecular haematology

· Nanotechnology, chemical and synthetic biology

· Medical bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational and systems biology

· Cancer, toxicology, pharmacology

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