Analysis of MRC-supported early career researcher success in obtaining follow-on research funding [article]

Ian S Viney, Kevin Dolby, Buddhini Samarisinghe
2020 bioRxiv   pre-print
This study examined the progress of researchers funded by MRC focussing on their success in securing subsequent research income. We report here results from compiling details of the research income of researchers that completed an MRC early career award between 2011 and 2015. Depending on the funding scheme 50-59 per cent of researchers spent on average more than 100,000 GBP per year from new grants secured within three years of finishing their MRC award. In each scheme around 30 per cent of
more » ... earchers secured less than 50,000 GBP per year research funding in the three years following their MRC award. We apply the same approach to an analysis of progression for the MRC cadre of intramurally-supported programme leader track researchers, and a sample of MRC research grant holders. We also supplement our results with a small number of interviews with researchers that held MRC New Investigator Research Grants. We suggest that these data confirm reasonably good progression rates, with MRC early career schemes demonstrably effective in supporting research careers. They confirm there is a bottleneck with some researchers taking several years to establish their research career, and that expansion of the research base will need balanced new investment across schemes and stages and cannot be driven through growth in early career schemes alone.
doi:10.1101/2020.02.19.949263 fatcat:44zeherq7nd4hc6tpvv5bvgq4u