Research Councils

Developmental Clinical Studies can be considered as a subset of Experimental Medicine (EM). They are early stage clinical studies which are on the development pathway for a new therapeutic/ diagnostic/ device/ public health intervention (or a new indication for an existing intervention). Studies should be aimed at proof of concept. Interventions may include drug or cell‐based treatments, vaccines, devices and instruments, diagnostics, surgical, dietary, psychological interventions, and novel applications of existing therapeutics.

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MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme

The objective of the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme is to support the translation of fundamental basic and clinical research findings towards the clinic. The Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) is a new, rigorously‐assessed, funding scheme set up by the MRC to help strengthen the translation of fundamental research towards patient benefit. It does not fund basic discoveries but will support the development of novel therapies, interventions and diagnostics, and the research tools used in the development of therapies, interventions or diagnostics.

Search for Development Pathway Funding using:

  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – funds research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences.
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (SFTC) – operates large scale science and engineering research facilities, and funds research mainly in astronomy, particle physics, space science and nuclear physics. There is a key focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to science.