Funding for Early Stage Development of New Healthcare Interventions

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is inviting applications for the ‘Funding for Early Stage Development of New Healthcare Interventions’ scheme. The opportunity is designed to build confidence in the development strategy for a new medicine, repurposed medicine, medical device, diagnostic test or other medical intervention development.

The competition is part of the Developmental Pathway Gap Fund (DPGF), which sits beyond the smaller Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) fund and before the substantive and longer Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS). The opportunity specifically aims to provide small scale funding to generate critical data needed prior to seeking more substantive funding.

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Applicants can apply for academically-led translational projects that aim to undertake a focused package of work that will bridge the gap between inception of a new idea and substantive funding through schemes such as the MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme to:

  • Help prevent disease.
  • Help improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis of disease.
  • Develop new treatments of disease.
  • Help to improve outcome monitoring of patients receiving treatment.
  • Help to improve the management of diseases and conditions.

All human diseases and medical interventions are eligible for support, both in the context of UK healthcare and addressing global health issues.

The idea for a new product that can improve human health should have already been conceived and supported by other funding. This should be utilised to produce the critical preliminary data needed to support the onward development of the product.

Applicants are advised to consult the MRC eligibility guidance for applicants as well as the MRC guidance for applicants document before submitting an application.

A total of £3 million is available at 80% full economic cost (FEC). Individual projects can request between £50,000 and £300,000 at 80% FEC. Projects should last between six and 24 months.

(This Bulletin article was the subject of a ResearchConnect news alert.)