Important changes to MRC’s review of longitudinal population study applications

The way that MRC reviews longitudinal population study (LPS) applications is changing. Currently, LPS outline applications are assessed by the Cohort Strategic Review Group (CSRG), which provides feedback and determines whether a full application can be submitted to the Boards. The revised process will involve the following key changes:

1) Mandatory pre-application discussion with applicant & relevant Programme Managers (at least 6 weeks before outline submission).

2) LPS applications should be for core infrastructure only; applications may include associated research only if it is for proof of principle work.

A new Longitudinal Population Studies Strategic Advisory Panel (LPS-SAP) will provide feedback to the Board on the outline in relation to the strategic need, the added value of the study and the appropriateness of the design in the context of the LPS landscape.

Using advice from the LPS-SAP, the Research Board will determine whether a full application should be submitted. Should the Board invite a full application, this may be submitted directly to the Board within a 12-month window.

Please note that there is no significant difference to timescales.

A pilot of this new process will begin with the next LPS-SAP outline submission deadline on the w/c 5th April; applicants should expect to hear whether the Board has invited a full application in July. Due to the short notice there will be some flexibility around pre-application discussions in this first round.

For any questions or further information, please contact populationcohorts@mrc.ukri.org.

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