Gaps remain between the development of improved biomedical and health research methodologies, widespread awareness and uptake, and their recognition as best practice.
Where multiple methodologies are available, it can be difficult to understand when, where or how each methodology should be best applied.
This funding opportunity will support the development of guidance in priority areas of methodological uncertainty, with the aim of catalysing uptake of improved research methods.
Proposed guidance should allow others to navigate the methodological options available and provide frameworks to ensure the optimal research approach or approaches are used.
Any area of unmet methodological need within MRC or NIHR remit will be considered.
Guidance should be accessible and appropriate to inform:
- non-methodologist researchers
- non-expert stakeholder groups, for example:
- funding bodies’ policy and decision-makers
- the public as required by the identified area of need.
The case for support should include:
- the need for guidance, including:
- current literature
- methodological practice
- relevance of expertise of the applicant team
- methodology for identifying stakeholders, eliciting views and co-production of guidance
- proposed scope and format of consensus activities
- format of the proposed outputs and the dissemination strategy, including legacy plans
- risks and barriers to uptake
- the proposed project timeline.
Funds provided will support directly incurred costs for:
- background review or scoping activities
- consensus activities and workshop costs, including travel and subsistence, if applicable
- writing and open-access publication costs
- production of other learning resources, if appropriate.
Indirect and estates costs are not eligible.