Call for Proposals: UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research in Non-Communicable Diseases

Deadline: 20 April 2016

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Academy of Science, Malaysia (ASM) are currently inviting proposals to the UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research Call on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.

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This initiative will provide funding for UK-Malaysian collaborative research projects focused on non-communicable diseases in Malaysia.

Funding Available

The award of up to £2m of MRC funding available for this scheme, and up to £2m from ASM will be provided for the applicants.

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Eligibility Criteria

This call will fund partnerships between UK and Malaysia based researchers working in the area of NCDs.

For support under this call, applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency:

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  • MRC
    • For the UK participants, standard RCUK eligibility criteria as described on the RCUK website will apply.
    • This call is a ‘managed mode’ call being run by the MRC on behalf of the participating research councils. Therefore Research Organisations that are eligible to apply to the MRC, for example MRC Units and Institutes may apply to this call.
  • Malaysia
    • The Malaysian PI must have been awarded a doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of application. Applicants working towards a PhD, or awaiting the outcome of their viva/ submission of corrections are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute in Malaysia. Applicants with fixed terms contracts finishing before their grant end-date must secure confirmation from their Head of Department, stating that their contract will be extended to cover the duration of the award if their application is successful.
    • Contact between the Malaysian PI and UK PI prior to the application is essential. This contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually beneficial research project proposal. Please note that ASM & MRCUK will not be able to assist in locating a Malaysian or UK collaborator.
    • Applications cannot be accepted from Principal Investigators in commercial organisations.
    • Applicants must be competent in oral and written English.
    • The Malaysian Applicant’s employing organisation must be willing to agree to administer the grant.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date for investigators to indicate their intention to submit a proposal Wednesday, 20th April 2016
  • Deadline for investigators to submit proposal Wednesday, 1 June 2016 (4pm UK time)
  • Panel Meeting October 2016
  • Grants begin by 17 January 2017

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the Expressions of Interest and then full applications via email.

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For more information, please visit UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research.