The SCF supports talented medically and other clinically qualified professionals, with an effective track record of internationally competitive independent research, to make the transition to research leadership.
A SCF provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.
Applications are welcome across all areas of the MRC’s remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research, however, it is expected that applicants’ clinical work will help to inform and strengthen their research work.
The SCF provides five years' support. Applicants are expected to take advantage of the full five years funding available.
The SCF is open to hospital doctors, dentists, general practitioners, nurses, midwives and members of the allied health professions. Veterinarians may apply where they have equivalent qualifications and experience, and their project is of relevance to human health.
There are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience. Applicants will have gained a PhD (or equivalent), generally at least five years prior to their application, and have undertaken a significant period of post-doctoral research since. To be considered suitable for the scheme, applicants should be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to leadership career stage in the applicant skills and experience table.
For the full call text please visit the MRC grant call webpage.