UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) Collaborative Awards: Outline stage – 31st July 2018

Closing Date: 31st July 2018


The UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) for health and disease is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The MRC, on behalf of the UK NRP, is pleased to invite proposals for multidisciplinary pump-priming Collaborative Awards.

Following the publication of the Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research the UK NRP wishes to strengthen the UK nutrition research base by attracting new expertise and new partners into the field. The objective is to provide novel and robust insights into human nutrition, with the potential of transforming the long-term health of the population.

The call has been developed to catalyse the formation of multidisciplinary research teams able to address important challenges in nutrition research that require innovative, cutting-edge approaches to accelerate progress; to build research capacity in the field, and to strengthen the UK nutrition research base.

The UK NRP Collaborative Awards will widen the research base and increase collaborations by bringing together expertise from within and without the current nutrition field. We are particularly keen to attract the most exciting and transformative collaborative applications, including partnerships across disciplines and between clinical and basic scientists.

A core element of these awards will be visionary leadership at the outset and a strong drive to build a collaboration with a broad range of research expertise, drawn from different disciplines, and from relevant non-academic sectors.

The aim of these awards is to identify important challenges and opportunities related to nutrition in human health and disease and, by working in a cross-disciplinary manner, begin to make a significant step-change in scientific progress. The collaborations should foster a range of innovative research ideas designed to address the challenge(s) identified by integrating expertise across disciplines.

Up to £2 million will be available for this call. The Collaborative Awards will provide funding for up to three years related to the challenge(s) identified. Support will be primarily for pump-priming feasibility research to provide proof of concept and the generation of important data to support further grant applications.

This is a two-stage call; outline applications will be assessed in October 2018 and full applications invited forward for assessment in February 2019.

This call is part of a long-term approach to build research capacity and partnerships through phased and strategic development. It is anticipated that the pump-priming funding will ensure the collaborative groups will be positioned to apply for future funding to lead new interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research proposals. Our expectation is that the Collaborative Awards will have fostered the development of interdisciplinary groupings of scientists with the critical mass of expertise that will make them well-placed to obtain such funding.

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