The Medical Research Council (MRC): Inviting applications for ‘Cancer research and global health initiative’.

Funding brief: In 2015 the Government launched the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to ensure UK research takes the lead in addressing some of the diverse challenges faced by developing countries.

Through GCRF, the MRC has increased its support for research that addresses the health challenges faced by low and middle income countries (LMICs).

GCRF funds have been made available to all our research boards and panels to support proposals that qualify under Official Development Assistance (ODA). Proposals must be led by researchers based at a UK higher education institution or at an eligible independent research institution. In addition, they support research areas that can benefit from developing/establishing collaborative networks with LMIC-based partners through targeted GCRF pump-priming awards.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, accounting for approximately 8 million deaths in 2015, with an estimated global economic cost of US$1.16 trillion. The challenge to cope with such a burden is even greater LMICs, where most global deaths opens in new window from cancer are recorded and where the number of cancer cases is expected to increase by 80% by 2030.

In spite of this increasing challenge, these countries have tended to focus on more immediate health needs, such as infectious diseases. As a result, prevention, screening and treatment strategies remain underdeveloped and knowledge on distinctive risk factors for cancer in LMICs, such as environmental exposure, genetic or lifestyle differences is lacking. Research aimed at understanding malignancies with disproportionate incidence in LMICs will help find solutions to prevent disease, and treat and manage cancer patients.

They would like to expand our portfolio of research in cancer and global health to help tackle these challenges in low and middle income countries.

They are pleased to announce two parallel calls through our cancer research and global health initiative as part of our activities under GCRF. The activities supported through these calls will contribute to the UK’s commitment to research for the benefit of LMICs.

Cancer research and global health: pump-priming call: Cancer research and global health: call for outlines for substantive research proposals

Proposals must meet the ODA requirements, focus on issues primarily relevant to LMICs and aim to achieve one or more of the following goals:
● Develop new research strategies to tackle the cancer challenges that are relevant to LMICs in the short, medium and long-term
● Develop new UK-LMIC research partnerships or enhance and expand on existing ones
● Identify opportunities and assess feasibility of large-scale cancer global health research projects in partnership with LMICs
● Extend scope of existing research to LMIC settings
● Apply novel / potentially high-risk approaches to cancer research, with opportunities for multidisciplinary approaches
● Produce preliminary data and develop concepts for future grant applications
● Create pathways to impact in LMICs

They will accept proposals for research addressing challenges related to cancers of high impact and/or increasing burden in LMICs, including but not restricted to these areas:
● Cancer biology
● Aetiology and epidemiology
● Prevention, early detection and screening
● Cancers and infections
● Cancer treatment
● Health systems research
● Methodology research
● Drug discovery and translational research
● Use of technologies for cancer control in LMICs

Donor Name: The Medical Research Council (MRC)
Funding name: Cancer research and global health initiative

Deadline: 20th, June, 2018 at 16:00 GMT+1

Funding details link:

Funding limit: Awards of up to £200,000 will be made for projects up to a maximum of 24 months in duration.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Projects must start as soon as possible after the funding decision, and no later than 15 November 2018.

Project duration: 24 months

Eligible organization: As below

● The lead applicant must be based at a UK higher education institution or at an eligible independent research institution (including all MRC Units and Institutes). All funding will be managed through the lead organization.
● For the pump-priming call: Researchers based in institutions outside the UK are eligible to apply as co-applicants only and not as the lead applicant. Developing UK-LMIC research partnerships is a central objective of the call and so at least one LMIC-based scientist must be included as a co-applicant.
● For the outlines for substantive projects call: While co-applicants from LMICs are encouraged for the outlines for substantive projects, they are not a formal requirement as long as the work still meets the ODA requirements opens in new window. LMIC co-applicants may be based at higher education institutions, non-profit research institutions or non-governmental organizations, and should be registered on Je-Sopens in new window. Researchers based in institutions outside the UK are eligible to apply as co-investigators or collaborators only and not as the lead applicant.
● Theywelcome industrial collaborators but note that they cannot be recipients of funding. The role of industrial partners must be clearly explained, with special emphasis on the benefit to LMICs. When an industrial collaborator is involved, a MICA form must be submitted with the proposal.

Eligible Country: As above

Submission mail: Not found

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