Research Funding Strategy

Our Research Funding Strategy is drawn up in light of the currently prevailing medical, educational and research environment in Scotland and mindful of the terms and restrictions of our constitutive legislation. Since a major strategic review (2009-10), the Trustees have refocused the Trust's funding streams to ensure that it continues to support the careers of young people in biomedical research in Scotland. It now provides a series of 'stepping stones' to an established career in the biomedical sciences, from the earliest stage at undergraduate level through postgraduate, to supporting those wishing to return to active research. The intention remains to make a positive difference to the research careers of those whom it supports, while also helping to strengthen Scotland's biomedical research base.

A copy of our Research Funding Strategy is available to download as a PDF.

The key points of our strategy:

  • aiming to improve health standards by supporting high-quality research
  • supporting young people in their careers in biomedical science in Scotland
  • being comprehensive in its support and not focussing on research into any one disease or condition
  • encouraging undergraduates to consider a biomedical research career by offering short Vacation Scholarships, enabling them to experience the academic research environment
  • enhancing the support to young graduates by offering 4-year PhD Studentships, with additional career development training, in cooperation with companies trading in Scotland and working in the biomedical field
  • supporting those wishing to return to and establish a research career following an extended break
  • continuing to keep under review the appropriateness and adequacy of the awards offered to ensure the most effective use of available funds, in light of the changing medical, educational and research scene in Scotland, in an increasingly difficult and competitive market.

Medical Research Scotland is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the principle of using animals in research only when it is necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and to develop new treatments. This research only takes place where there is no alternative available.

All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in the AMRC Statement on the use of animals in research.