£5m funding call: Medical Research Council (MRC) investment in human tissue banking and linked data, in partnership with charities

Friday 10 February 2017

What are human tissue banks?

Human tissue banks allow researchers to collect, store and use human tissue to answer questions that may help understand how diseases work and lead to the developments of new  treatments, and methods of diagnosis.

What is the current funding call for?

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has launched a new £5 million call for capital investment to support between two and five human tissue banks with linked data resources. Awards will be made to teams of academics working in close partnership with medical research charities.

Capital investment is an investment in the property and/or equipment that's needed for an organisation to operate.  The challenge is for researchers who apply for the funding to show how they can efficiently and effectively use this money for maximum benefit to support medical researchers. Effectively linking the data resources of tissue banks together means that more data will be available to researchers to answer their questions.

How is the Stroke Association involved?

Among others, we've already expressed our willingness to consider partnering on proposals to this call. The investment could increase the ability of stroke researchers to conduct high-quality research in the UK.

For researchers wanting to apply

The deadline for outline proposals is 4pm on 27 March 2017.

Please see the MRC website for details.

As every application to this call is required to have at least one medical research charity engaged as a partner in the design, delivery and/or utilisation of the proposed human tissue/data bank, please email research@stroke.org.uk if you'd like to discuss partnering with us.

Researchers are encouraged to discuss their proposal with the MRC Programme Manager before submission. For any direct enquiries about this call, please email tissuebanking@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

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