MCDC investigators also have the chance to network regularly with current students and provide help and support. An intranet or online 'MCDC community' has been developed to provide a private platform for the MCDC network to interact and share information about upcoming funding calls, training programmes and job opportunities as well as to share resources and stay in touch.
Investigators have access to our MCDC Initiative Awards small-grants fund. These are awards of up to $40k intended to allow collection of pilot data that will support a larger grant application, to allow completion of a sound project which has gone over budget or run out of time or to fund bridging activities. An annual call for applications is made. Applications are reviewed and scored by all members of the MCDC steering committee, using outside referees if required.