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MQ co-funded Fellows Award

Maximum duration: 3 years

Deadline: 25 April 2017

Contact: The MQ grants team at

What does the MQ co-funded Fellows Award provide?

The Arthritis Research UK/MQ co funded Fellows Award is designed to support early career researchers investigating questions that examine mental health conditions associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Together, we recognise the significant mental health burden that musculoskeletal disease can bring, in particular as a result of chronic pain, and the impact this can have on quality of life.

This award will provide up to £75,000 per year of funding for three years, or up to £225,000 in total funding.

Who can apply for a MQ co-funded Fellows Award?

Applicants will have made an outstanding start to their research career as demonstrated by their research results, publications and career track record to date. Eligible applicants must be early career researchers establishing their independence, as well as:

  • possess a PhD, DPhil, DClinPsy, MBBS, MD or equivalent
  • by end of 2017, have accumulated 3-7 years (whole-time-equivalent) research experience equivalent in nature to postdoctoral research
  • be able to show this award will help establish your independence relative to your current position

What can you apply for?

The funds may be used for any of the following:

  • as start-up funding for a specific project or transition funding for a current project
  • for direct research costs
  • and/or for salary support (for the applicant themselves or for research assistance staff as appropriate)

Indirect costs, such as non-specific estimated costs, including estate costs, library costs, finance and HR costs, are not eligible for funding.

How to apply?

The awards are administered by MQ and the application is a 3-stage application process:

Stage 1: Statement of Intent

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a selected Committee, applications that do not meet submission criteria will not be processed further. Applicants will be informed of the results of the Stage 1 review by the end of June, 2017

Stage 2: Invited Proposal

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete Stage 2 of the process.

At Stage 2, applicants are asked to propose a mentor for their project, who can be from any field, and whose research is pertinent to the proposed project. Invited proposals will be further reviewed by a selected committee and external reviewers. Those successful at this stage will be invited to attend an interview.

Stage 3: Invited Interview

Finalists will be interviewed by the committee on 30 or 31 October 2017

Application deadline is the 25 April 2017 at 17:00 BST. Further details on the Fellows Award and application process can be found on the MQ website.
All applications must be made through the MQ electronic application portal.

Please contact MQ directly for any queries regarding this funding opportunity or the application under

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