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The Medical research Council (MRC), on behalf of the UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) is pleased to invite proposals for multidisciplinary pump-priming Collaborative Awards on Human Health and Nutrition.

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). 


To provide novel and robust insights into human nutrition, with the potential of transforming the long-term health of the population. 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 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 MRC are particularly keen to attract the most exciting and transformative collaborative applications, including partnerships across disciplines and between clinical and basic scientists.

Level of funding

Up to £2 million will be available for this call to provide funding for up to three years. 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.

Special conditions

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


To see full details on this funding opportunity please see the UK NRP notice on  MRC website.

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