Our centres

The Cancer Research UK Centres are one of our highest strategic priorities. They form a national framework to deliver world-leading research, improved patient care and greater local engagement.

Encouraging collaboration and partnerships

Our Centres drive local partnerships and high-calibre collaborations between universities, NHS Trusts and other cancer charities under a united strategy to accelerate the translation of research into the clinic.

Where the money goes

Our funding is used for clinical and non-clinical training, research infrastructure (research nurses, technicians, some equipment) and to provide seed-funding. Our Centres deliver effective use of these resources and infrastructure, providing the focus needed to enhance the quality of UK translational research.

The right research environment

Providing an environment in which world-class research can thrive is crucial to achieving our research goals. Our investment in infrastructure such as our Centres helps to shape the research environment in the UK so that researchers can make the most of funding from us and others. We support research through our involvement in partnerships and networks both nationally and internationally, as well as funding the work of individual researchers across the UK.

More details on the work being carried out in each of our research locations across the UK can be found on our research near you pages.

Centres review

We are in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of our networks of Centres and ECMCs. For the first time, the reviews of the Centres network and the ECMCs network are being aligned, enabling all applicants to present a unified vision for cancer research at their locations. The review process will:

  • Appraise the performance of existing Centres and ECMCs
  • Assess the performance of each network, leading to an understanding of how they are delivering against our Research Strategy
  • Determine Centre and ECMC financial support for the next funding period (April 2017 to March 2022)
  • Enable new Centres and ECMCs to apply to join the networks
  • Invite applications for new Major Centres

Applications for new Centres

New locations seeking to establish a CRUK Centre must complete an expression of interest (EOI), with successful applicants passing to the full application stage. The deadline for EOIs is 18 March 2016.

To make an EOI, please read the Centres EOI Guidelines (docx). To make an EOI to establish an ECMC, please read the ECMCs guidelines.

Guidelines for the full application (for existing Centres and successful EOI applicants), in addition to guidelines for newly applying Major Centres, will be released in January 2016.

For further information regarding the applications, please contact the Centres and ECMCs team.

Centres Network Accelerator Awards

Our research strategy is built on the understanding that effective partnerships are crucial for delivering the greatest impact. We want to support a united Cancer Research UK community in which our Centres can operate effectively as a network, sharing knowledge and resources.

Our CRUK Centres Network Accelerator Awards (CNAAs) supports this aim. These awards provide additional infrastructure support that will enable Centres to increase collaboration, promote translational research and build capacity in areas of strategic priority for the Centres and CRUK. 

The basic remit and eligibility requirements are:

  • Maximum of £1m per annum for up to five years
  • CRUK Centre directors may lead one application
  • Centres, Major Centres and other non-centre locations may collaborate on any applications

Successful applicants to the CNAA funding scheme will be subject to annual review.

Deadline for CNAA annual reports is 10 December 2015.

The call for expressions of interest for the 2015 funding round has now closed. Details for future calls will be announced in due course. For any queries regarding the Centres Network Accelerator Awards, please contact Sarah Brown.

Contact us

Dr Sarah Brown
Research Funding Manager
Tel +44 (0)203 469 6779

Dr Alastair Cunningham
Senior Research Funding Manager
Tel +44 (0)203 469 6756

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