Pre-announcement: Centre of Research Excellence round two

Apply for MRC Centre of Research Excellence (MRC CoRE) funding to tackle complex and interdisciplinary health challenges.

Highlight notices include applications to address challenges under the following themes, which may address all or part of the MRC’s remit, including discovery, understanding mechanism, and development of concepts or interventions for prevention or treatment:

  • Enhancing healthspan with challenges in focused areas of ageing research to achieve a step change in increasing healthy life expectancy
  • Immune regulation with scientific challenges to illuminate how the immune system interacts with and is shaped by other biological systems, at different stages of life, by environmental stimuli or in response to pathogen challenges.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for MRC funding and this is an annual funding opportunity, initially focused on specified themes.

MRC CoREs will be funded for up to 14 years and the award will initially last for seven years, with a further seven years based on successful review.

The full economic cost (FEC) of the MRC CoRE can be up to £26,500,000 for the first seven years. MRC will fund 80% of the FEC. For more information click here.

Opening date: 25 September 2023 at 9:00am

Closing date: 7 February 2024 at 4:00pm