Changing Policy and Practice Award

Changing Policy and Practice

Disseminating research evidence to influence healthcare and behaviour.

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The application process for this round of the Changing Policy and Practice Award is now closed. The next assessment of applications will take place later in the year. If you would like to apply for the scheme please submit a Pre-Application Eligibility Form.


The Medical Research Foundation is inviting MRC and Foundation-funded researchers to apply for the Changing Policy and Practice Award. The aim of this award is to support the dissemination of medical research beyond the scientific peer reviewed press, with the aim of influencing healthcare and behaviour.

In this context, dissemination goes beyond making research results available through the traditional vehicles of journal publications and academic conference presentations. The award will involve communicating a key message to a specific target audience intended to benefit from the research. This could include patients, practitioners and policy-makers, or specific groups within the general public. The dissemination plan should encourage the target group to act upon the outcomes of the research results, creating positive changes in behaviour, practice or policy.

Applications are welcomed from researchers whose findings have the potential to inform and influence healthcare policy or practice, improve patient care, or to change patient and public behaviour and opinion. All areas of medical research will be considered in this funding competition and applications can focus on any specific target group outside of the scientific press.

The Medical Research Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Formed by the Medical Research Council (MRC), we grow and nurture people and ideas wherever we see research opportunities with great potential. Support for this funding competition comes from the Fleming Memorial Fund for Medical Research, which was established in 1959 in memory of Sir Alexander Fleming. This award was formerly the Alexander Fleming Dissemination Scheme.

Funding available

Applicants may apply for up to £30,000 over a flexible time period, normally across one year.

Who can apply

This competition will run twice a year and is open to MRC and Foundation-funded grant and fellowship holders and researchers in MRC research institutes, units and centres. To be eligible, the MRC or Foundation funding supporting the research should be within one-year prior to termination or within two years post-termination. This time restriction may be reconsidered in exceptional circumstances i.e. for large scale clinical trials which take longer to publish their findings. Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and the specific research finding they propose to disseminate must have been published in a peer reviewed journal prior to applying to the scheme, and must have been funded by their MRC or Medical Research Foundation grant.


  • Deadline for eligibility check: 18 December 2020
  • Deadline for submission: 22 January 2021
  • Funding decision: Early March 2021


  • Professor Bobbie Farsides (Chair), Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Dr Bella Starling, Wellcome Trust/Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Kamran Siddiqi, University of York
  • An additional scientific expert specific to the application subject area



Any queries on the competition, the application process, or eligibility should be sent to or via 020 7250 8216.

For public engagement funding, MRC and Foundation-funded researchers can apply to the MRC Public Engagement in Science Activities Seed Fund. This scheme enables scientists to pilot new activities and develop innovative engagements, to encourage and support engagement with the public and other stakeholders. For further details, please visit the MRC website.

Terms and Conditions of Award

Awards funded through this competition will follow standard Medical Research Foundation terms and conditions. The terms and conditions spell out the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation. The Principal Investigator and the Lead Research Organisation are required to indicate their formal acceptance of the proposal, their acceptance of the terms and conditions of an award, and the approval of the salaries and resources sought in the application.

The Medical Research Foundation may add additional conditions to a grant award to reflect the particular circumstances and requirements of the funding, or the nature of a particular award. Acceptance of an award constitutes acceptance of both the core conditions and any additional conditions. The Medical Research Foundation reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions.

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