MRC Tackling Obesity

Closing Date: –

Funding for projects that develop effective strategies to tackle overweight and obesity.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Population and Systems Medicine Board is providing funding for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary applications to tackle overweight and obesity. The research should support evidence-based approaches to improve health in real-life settings.

The ambition of this opportunity is to increase understanding of what makes an effective intervention. This will be achieved by encouraging greater integration and synergy across existing pockets of expertise in the biological, behavioural, psychological, environmental and social sciences.

Researchers from a range of backgrounds are therefore invited to collaborate to apply. Applications should be innovative, cross-disciplinary and collaborative, and include partnerships between basic, clinical and social scientists, and with other stakeholders.

Applications should provide robust evidence to improve public health in real-life settings by providing a holistic understanding of the important factors influencing obesity and developing effective strategies (individual, societal, or both) to tackle overweight and obesity.

Applications should help identify specific mechanisms for obesity development and progression at key transition points across the life course or in vulnerable groups, or both. Applications should also aim to:

  • Provide new insights on obesity by combining and building on:
    • Existing resources (such as, cohorts, epidemiological studies, clinical trials, intervention studies, NHS and other data).
    • Strengths in data linkage expertise.
  • Achieve greater understanding of the dynamic systems which lead to obesity by:
    • Enhancing and merging data resources from different domains.
    • Engaging with a range of relevant stakeholders (for example, local authorities; councils; the public; a broad set of relevant industries such as pharma, food and retail industries, new technologies, artificial intelligence and social media).

Research applications should include appropriate public and patient involvement and engagement, where appropriate.

Funding body Medical Research Council (MRC)
Maximum value Discretionary
Reference ID S25508
Category Medical Research
Biotechnology and Biology
Economic and Social Research
Fund or call Fund