MRC Board and Panel Observers Scheme

Closed 14 Apr 2024

Opened 3 Mar 2024


Apply to become an MRC Board or Panel Observer

This scheme gives researchers at the career stage where they are transitioning to independence the opportunity to apply to observe a Medical Research Council (MRC) board or panel meeting.

As part of the MRC’s commitment to the development of people and skills,  we are making changes to our existing board observer scheme. We have expanded the scheme into more of our boards and panels, broadened the eligibility beyond MRC award holders, and will proritise places for under-represented groups.

What happens next

We’ll monitor and evaluate at an aggregate level who registers interest, and participates, in the scheme which will help ensure we meet our aims and develop future ways of working. We may share anonymised, aggregated data with our executive leadership team, and may also share this with other funders or other sector bodies for the purpose of sector research and analysis. We may publish anonymised, aggregated data on our website.


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