Funding from the Medical Research Council for projects to develop new guidance on biomedical and health research methods.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) has launched this call for projects to develop new guidance on biomedical and health research methods. The guidance should aim to improve the understanding and use of better methods related to the remit of MRC or National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and be accessible to those without specialist methodology knowledge.
The call is designed to address the fact that gaps remain between the development of improved biomedical and health research methodologies, widespread awareness and uptake, and their recognition as best practice. Where multiple methodologies are available, it can be difficult to understand when, where or how each methodology should be best applied.
This funding opportunity will support the development of guidance in priority areas of methodological uncertainty, with the aim of catalysing uptake of improved research methods. Proposed guidance should allow others to navigate the methodological options available and provide frameworks to ensure the optimal research approach or approaches are used.
Guidance should be accessible and appropriate to inform:
Non-expert stakeholder groups, such as:
Funding bodies’ policy and decision-makers.
The public as required by the identified area of need.
Any area of unmet methodological need within MRC or NIHR remit will be considered.
Funding will be available for 18 months.