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Open Activities

  • Reassignments R2: Women in Innovation Award 2024/25

    Please use this to register your interest in reassigned assessments of 1894: Women in Innovation Award 2024/25.

    Closes today

  • ABRCMS 2024 Registration

    The ABCRMS Conference 2024 will be taking place on November 13th-16th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is important that we register as soon as possible to sort payment and travel. Here is some extra information about the registration and housing. I would also urge you to start...

    Closes 25 July 2024

  • Feedback Farnborough International Airshow 2024

    Gathering feedback from visitors to our stands at Farnborough International Airshow.

    Closes 26 July 2024

  • MRC Community Visits – Feedback Survey

    Thank you for attending an MRC Community Visit. We would be very grateful for your feedback on the event. Please complete this short survey, which will take no longer than 5 minutes. As we continue to develop the Community Visits programme, attendee feedback will be critical in shaping what you...

    Closes 26 July 2024

  • MRC Max Perutz Award 2024 Judging Panel Public Member

    Judging science video award We’re seeking public judges for the Medical Research Council (MRC) Max Perutz Award , a science video competition for MRC PhD students. Public judges wanted We want to hear from members of the public who would like to...

    Closes 31 July 2024

  • ESRC-GSR Actionable Insights Seminar: Cost of Living Survey

    This survey is part of the ESRC-GSR's evaluation of the Actionable Insights Seminars. The purpose of the survey is threefold: Seminar Experience Evaluation: To understand your experience with the Actionable Insights Seminars, including the thematic challenge areas,...

    Closes 1 August 2024

  • MRC Insight blog: Audience Insight Survey for Subscribers 2024

    Dear MRC Insight blog subscribers, We would like to improve our MRC Insight blog by learning more about you – our subscribers – and the content that interests you. Please complete our short survey by clicking the 'Take survey' button below. The...

    Closes 2 August 2024

  • Sustainable Industrial Futures Expression of Interest

    This is a £26million EPSRC and NERC flagship investment focussed on tackling cross-sectoral research challenges rooted in excellent, leading-edge engineering, physical and environmental sciences and transdisciplinary approaches to enable the transition of UK industrial ...

    Closes 7 August 2024

  • EPSRC Mathematical Modelling for Next Generation Formulated Products NetworkPlus Expression of Interest

    Funding to establish a NetworkPlus grant to build communities and unlock the potential of new predictive mathematical approaches to drive towards rapid, smarter, greener and personalised formulation. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for EPSRC funding and...

    Closes 14 August 2024

Forthcoming Consultations

  • RAL & Boulby 2023 Annual Apprentice Award Nominations

    At STFC, we are keen to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Apprentices working across the breadth of operations at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Boulby. We are therefore seeking nominations for the following categories: Apprentice of the Year 2023 Outreach...

    Opens 1 August 2024

Closed Activities

  • STFC Neutron Review 2024-Community Consultation

    Neutron scattering capabilities are a major component of the UK’s research and discovery science infrastructure, as they facilitate unprecedented levels of insight into the structure and functional behaviour of materials and systems. These specialised techniques find application across the full...

    Closed 22 July 2024

  • 2024 Concordat to support research integrity consultation

    The UK’s Concordat to Support Research Integrity (the Concordat) provides a vital national framework for practice and governance of research integrity in the UK. The Concordat is now due to undergo its five-year review in which the content of the Concordat will be updated and revised. To ensure...

    Closed 22 July 2024

  • NQCC's Quantum Hackathon 2024: Confirmation and logistics form

    Thank you for your interest 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 need to travel to the venue on 21...

    Closed 20 July 2024

  • Research Boards PM Activity Survey

    To identify and understand challenges for Programme Managers completing activities in a Board timetable. To highlight actvitities that may not have relealistic deadlines.

    Closed 19 July 2024

  • Reassignments: Women in Innovation Award 2024/25

    Please use this to register your interest in reassigned assessments of 1894: Women in Innovation Award 2024/25.

    Closed 19 July 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