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Open Activities

  • New Deal for PGR: Operational Panel Application Form

    We are seeking external input across a range of research organisations on our proposed changes to the Standard Terms and Conditions for Training Grant s . The changes stem from commitments made by UKRI in the New Deal for Postgraduate Research. We are looking for input from a...

    Closes today

  • UKRI Research Leadership Symposium Survey

    Introduction UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) strategy Transforming tomorrow together describes our ambition to make the UK a world-class environment for talented people and teams. The UK’s highly skilled research and innovation workforce is a huge national asset. Investment in...

    Closes 19 June 2024

  • NQCC's Quantum Hackathon 2024: Use Case Competition

    Thank you for expressing your interest in participating in the NQCC’s annual UK quantum Hackathon for 2024! The Hackathon will provide an exciting opportunity to explore your specific use case using a quantum computing platform, gain exposure to different problems and approaches, and to network...

    Closes 21 June 2024

  • AHRC Global Strategy Framework Survey

    In order to help us develop our international strategy, we would appreciate input from our key stakeholders through the completion of this Global Strategy Framework Survey 2024. This is your opportunity to inform our future international partnerships and engagement activities and funding calls. We...

    Closes 21 June 2024

  • Board and Panel Member Survey - Associates training and mentorship

    As part of the objectives in the MRC strategic delivery plan, MRC have launched a new board and panel associates’ scheme which aims to nurture diverse talent and support the development and retention of researchers needed for the future workforce. The scheme will run over two years, with two...

    Closes 21 June 2024

  • NQCC's Quantum Hackathon 2024: Provider Form

    Thank you for expressing your interest in participating in the NQCC’s annual UK quantum Hackathon for 2024! The Hackathon will provide an exciting opportunity for developers to explore industry-provided use cases using Quantum Computing (QC) platform(s) provided by your organisation. ...

    Closes 22 June 2024

  • BBSRC network best practice workshop - dietary and access requirements

    Please fill in this survey if you are attending the BBSRC network best practice workshop on 25 June 2024, so we can inform the venue about any dietary or access requirements ahead of of the event.

    Closes 24 June 2024

  • Webinar - EPSRC International Centre to Centre Research Collaborations: Outlines Funding Opportunity

    If you are interested in applying for the 2024 EPSRC International Centre to Centre: Outlines Funding Opportunity, we invite you to join a webinar on 25 June 2024 at 11:00am UK time. The webinar will last for an hour. It will begin with a presentation from the EPSRC International Team and will...

    Closes 24 June 2024

  • NQCC's Quantum Hackathon 2024: Attendance confirmation form

    Congratulations on your successful application to take part in the NQCC's UK Quantum Hackathon 2024! Please confirm your attendance at the hackathon by completing this form. The hackathon will be held at the University of Warwick from 22 to 24 July 2024. Please note that you might...

    Closes 1 July 2024

Forthcoming Consultations

  • EPSRC Sustainable Industrial Futures Expression of Interest

    This is a £21million EPSRC flagship investment focussed on tackling cross-sectoral research challenges rooted in excellent, leading-edge engineering and physical sciences and transdisciplinary approaches to enable the transition of UK industrial manufacturing processes and...

    Opens 27 June 2024

  • Apply to join the Early Career Forum in Engineering Research

    EPSRC is seeking applications from Early Career academics to join the Early Career Forum in the Engineering Research for a two-year term. We are looking to recruit about 10 new members in this exercise. A brief institutional statement of support is required. EPSRC wishes to invite Forum members...

    Opens 5 July 2024

Closed Activities

  • REF 2029 Open Access Consultation

    The four UK higher education funding bodies are opening a consultation concerning the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2029 Open Access Policy. The purpose of the REF 2029 Open Access Policy is to outline open access requirements for the exercise. The proposed policy aims to embed...

    Closed 17 June 2024

  • Postdoc Symposium

    PAL would like to organise a postdoc symposium. Let us know what topics you would be interested in!

    Closed 16 June 2024

  • 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...

    Closed 10 June 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for Other Training Grants 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...

    Closed 10 June 2024

  • Annual Monitoring Survey for Other Training Grants 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...

    Closed 10 June 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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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. 

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