Funders join forces to support researchers in their careers

Posted on 5th October 2016

Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined with the MRC and six other research funders to create an interactive ‘map’ of the funding schemes available to biomedical researchers.

The first of its kind focused on medical research, the ‘funding view’ takes the form of an interactive map, giving the user an easy way to navigate the UK biomedical research funding landscape.

It brings biomedical research funding opportunities together in one place, including funding schemes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NC3Rs, the National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome.

The aim of the resource is to help members of the research community view and compare different funding schemes across career stages. It provides an outline and related links for each type of award, including the required level of experience, level of funding and duration.

Dr Carla Cox, Research Knowledge Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Biomedical research has huge power to change patients’ lives through improving diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Researchers are the lifeblood of charities like Alzheimer’s Research UK and we play an important role in supporting them through their careers and helping to highlight the opportunities available to them. We’re pleased to be part of the development of the interactive career map, which we hope will be a valuable tool for scientists.”

Dr Jim Smith, MRC Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy, said: “As funders of medical research we know that scientists at all stages of their careers need to be aware of what funding opportunities are available to them. We have therefore created a simple, interactive guide that allows researchers to browse funding opportunities from eight major UK grant-awarding bodies. Alongside the MRC’s Interactive Career Framework, I recommend that anyone embarking on a career in biomedical research should use this resource to help guide their career.”

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