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Open Activities

  • EPSRC Research Office Workshop 2024 registration

    Please use this registration survey to sign-up for the EPSRC Research Office Workshop 2024 Date: Thursday 06 June 2024 Registration: 09:30 - 10:00 End: 15:30 Format: In-person Location: Conference Suite, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL ...

    Closes today

  • Membership to STFC Advisory Bodies and Peer Review Panels - Call 2024

    Every year, a number of vacancies become available on the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports our decision-making...

    Closes today

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for 2013 CDTs 2022/23

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for 2013 CDTs - 2021/22

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for DTPs 2022/23

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for ICASE 2021/22

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for ICASE 2022/23

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for 2018 CDTs - 2022/23

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for 2018 CDTs - 2021/22

    Annual Monitoring of EPSRC Training Grants The annual monitoring allows EPSRC/UKRI to understand how the training grants are used across all organisations. Je-S Student Details and Researchfish® capture a broad range of studentship data, but they do not capture all of the information we...

    Closes 24 May 2024

Forthcoming Consultations

  • 1877: UK-Taiwan CRD 2024 EOI

    The purpose of the expression of interest (EOI) is for you to state if you are available and wish to assess in this competition. If you answer 'yes' to this EOI survey, the next step for you will be to accept your invitation to the competition in the IFS portal by 22-07-2024. The assessment period...

    Opens 27 May 2024

  • Committee A, B and D Chair and Deputy Chair: Expression of Interest

    BBSRC Committee A, B and D Chair and Deputy Chair Thank you for your interest in applying to join BBSRC’s Committee A, B and D as Chair or Deputy Chair. Please read the role profiles and expertise requirements for the positions and provide evidence of how your expertise and...

    Opens 3 June 2024

Closed Activities

  • Speed Shadowing feedback

    A quick survey to gauge feedback from the Speed Shadowing event on Zoom in May 2024

    Closed 21 May 2024

  • NQCC's Quantum Hackathon 2024: Use case expressions of interest

    The third annual UK Quantum Hackathon, delivered by the National Quantum Computing Centre, will take place at the University of Warwick from 22 to 24 July 2024. Teams of quantum developers (research students and early career researchers) are assigned a practical use case to solve on emulators and...

    Closed 20 May 2024

  • MRC Community Visit for Scotland 2024

    We are delighted to be hosting the MRC Community Visit for Scotland, in collaboration with SULSA, on the 28th and 29th May 2024 at The National Robotarium , Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The event will be made up of two half days; 28th May (PM) and 29th May (AM). MRC and SULSA will...

    Closed 15 May 2024

  • Expression of interest for the gut-immunology-brain axis (GIBA) network+ leadership team

    Thank you for your interest in applying to either lead or be part of the leadership team of a network+ to support an interdisciplinary gut-immunology-brain axis (GIBA) research and innovation community in the UK. As a member of the network leadership team, you are expected to: ...

    Closed 14 May 2024

  • MRC Community Visit for the South-East 2024

    We are delighted to be hosting the MRC Community Visits on May 17 2024 at Wivenhoe House Hotel. Further information regarding timings of the day will be sent in due course. The venue is a 7 minute drive or an 18 minute bus ride from Wivenhoe station. As an organisation, we...

    Closed 13 May 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

See what we've consulted on. See all outcomes

We asked

In January 2024, we asked for feedback on the Medical Research Council’s (MRC's) draft public partnerships strategy. The strategy was drafted following a process of co-development and sets out MRC’s ambition and priorities for effective collaboration and genuine partnerships between the research community and wider society.

You said

We received 354 responses to the consultation. These responses came from a variety of individuals, groups, and organisations from the research community, the voluntary sector and wider society. The consultation responses were overwhelmingly positive. 87% agreed with the strategy overall, and 81% said that the strategy was written in clear language.

Respondents welcomed specific aspects of the strategy, including its inclusiveness, the focus on non-clinical research and the ambition to build long-term sustainable partnerships between the research community and wider society. Respondents highlighted specific initiatives which they considered vital to the success of the strategy such as, having a clear payment policy, appointing a new MRC programme director for public partnerships, and setting up a public advisory group at MRC.

Respondents recommended that MRC publish the new strategy in a variety of formats, alongside clear delivery (action) and evaluation plans.

We did

We used findings from the consultation to inform the final MRC public partnerships strategy. Key changes included:

  • Clearly stating that this strategy is an initial three-year commitment to our long-term ambition
  • Clarifying that the strategy has been co-developed
  • Specifically mentioning the involvement of international researchers, public partners, and public involvement and engagement professionals
  • Making clear that the consultation informed the final strategy
  • Emphasising that this strategy is intended to be inclusive, and will be aligned with MRC’s Embedding Diversity in Research Design policy
  • Acknowledging the importance of sharing power
  • Making clear that we will implement our new payment policy for public partners, and that other rewards and recognition are additional to payment
  • Emphasising that we will support public partners to take on leadership roles and responsibilities, such as chairing groups or co-leading projects
  • Committing to publish our action and evaluation plans

The consultation findings have been summarised in an infographic and are detailed in full in our consultation report. (Links for both will be added once these are live on the MRC website).

Next steps:

The final MRC public partnerships strategy will be published on the MRC website in summer 2024.

We asked

For opinions on the definition and scope of a categorisatino of UKRI funding as either 'Investigator-led' or 'Directed'.

You said

Only 8 responses were received, and there was no clear consensus on many questions. Most respondents were from universities.

We did

In the absence of opinion to the contrary we will continue to develop and apply the indicator to all UKRI funding. It will be applied as a binary indicator.

We asked

In April 2022, we asked for feedback on the new MRC expectations on the inclusion of sex in experimental design of studies involving animals, tissues, and cells. We also asked what MRC could do to aid researchers in implementing these requirements.

You said

We received 91 responses from researchers and research staff, with many constructive and detailed suggestions. We also received a written submission from the Academy of Medical Science, on behalf of their fellows.

We were pleased that many were already using both sexes in their experiments or were ready to begin doing so (32% and 5% of respondents, respectively). We recognise that many (57%), even though they were very often supportive in principle, felt barriers existed to implementing this in their research.

One of the most commonly mentioned concerns was a likely increase in grant costs. Respondents sought clarity from MRC as to how this would be handled. Ensuring animal welfare standards and the logistics of single housing male animals were also mentioned as barriers.

Roughly a third of respondents had questions about the changes, particularly around:

  • When the new expectation would begin to apply and how compliance would be ensured
  • How and when MRC would grant exceptions for single sex studies
  • How MRC would handle grants where costs were significantly increased due to using both sexes of animal

The support from MRC that was identified as being most helpful was:

  • Advice from MRC Head Office about applications
  • Training in statistical design and analysis
  • Written guidance
  • Case studies or worked examples

We did

As a result of this feedback, we have been working to make more information available about the upcoming change and to ensure the research community receives the necessary support. We have:

  • Updated our Guidance for Applicants with details about how to comply with these new expectations
  • Made it clear that there is no retrospective application of this requirement for grants that have already been awarded
  • Clarified that the requirement of including both sexes does not mean ‘balancing’ or using equal numbers of both sexes, as for many experiments this would result in unnecessary use of animals, but including both sexes as appropriate for the experimental design 
  • Made the cases where MRC will consider single sex studies clearer both on our website and in our Guidance for Applicants
  • Planned a webinar for applicants together with NC3Rs to be held on 21 July 2022, in which animal handling and statistical design will be discussed, and applicants can ask questions
  • Made it clearer on our website that there is no cap on MRC awards, and researchers should submit grant costings based on the cost of performing the work, and justified by the importance and potential of the work

In the coming months, we will:

  • Update our guidance to Peer Reviewers to ensure proposals submitted to the deadlines starting from September 2022 are reviewed in accordance with the new requirements
  • Develop case studies to show the level of information that would be required in applications, including examples of where single sex studies would be appropriate
  • Ensure that MRC Programme Managers are available to support applicants that have further questions
  • Look into what other support we can provide