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FORTHCOMING    Opened: July 2022   |   Closes: September 2022


Apply for funding for the early-stage development of an intervention that seeks to address a UK or global public health challenge.

Any researcher employed by an eligible research organisation, including MRC institutes and units (including those in Gambia and Uganda), can apply for this funding opportunity.

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £187,500. MRC will typically fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Your project can last up to 18 months.

Who can apply

You must have an employment contract at an eligible research organisation, including MRC institutes and units (including those in Gambia and Uganda), can apply for this funding opportunity.

International co-investigators can be included if they provide expertise that’s not available in the UK.

You can also include one or more project partners in their application.

Find more about eligibility in section one of our guidance for applicants.

What MRC is looking for

MRC is looking to support the early-stage development of interventions that seek to address either UK or global public health challenges.

This might include qualitative and quantitative primary research and the development of theory and logic models. However, emphasis should be placed on developing the intervention.

This opportunity supports the incorporation of systems thinking when addressing public health challenges. It is justifiable to focus on just one aspect of a system, as long as the wider systems context is recognised. For example, in the framework for evaluation.

It also encourages the use of multi-disciplinary teams and co-production with users and other relevant stakeholders, such as policy makers.

The scope

Population level interventions, with a focus on non-health care settings. Examples of the focus of health-related population level interventions include:

  • transport
  • education
  • employment
  • leisure
  • the built environment.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, ‘population’ is defined as groups of individuals for which an intervention may subsequently be delivered and evaluated. For example:

  • organisations such as:
    • schools
    • prisons
    • workplaces
  • settings such as:
    • neighbourhoods
    • communities
    • regions
    • countries.

Healthcare settings can be included, but projects should demonstrate potential for improved health of general, high-risk or vulnerable populations.

The creation of new interventions, where active components of existing interventions are combined to create a new intervention, is allowable within the scope.

The following activities are not within the scope of this opportunity:

  • NHS interventions
  • interventions treating clinical conditions or improving health services delivery
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • standalone feasibility studies and pilot studies
  • the wholesale transfer of a proven intervention to a new context, setting or target population. 



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