Develop the cancer leaders of tomorrow

Research Careers

The UK is an outstanding environment for training and nurturing the cancer researchers of the future. Through its existing and new awards along the career pathway, Cancer Research UK is leading the way in researcher development, providing an essential platform for future progress.

Professor Margaret Frame
Director, CRUK Edinburgh Centre

Our approach

Support researchers at all career stages

We're committed to supporting researchers at all career stages. Alongside financial support, we engage with our researchers, providing development opportunities and peer group networking meetings.

Increase capacity in areas of critical need

We recognise there are specific areas where we need to build capacity:

  • We have a substantial deficit of clinician scientists and will find ways to attract, develop and retain more clinicians in research. We're expanding our Clinical PhD and Clinician Scientist Fellowship programmes, with new schemes to close funding gaps during clinical research career development.
  • There is a mathematical skills gap, both in a lack of trained specialists and broader understanding across the community. Through our Centres we're developing this area.
  • There is also a critical gap in molecular pathology skills in the UK, which will become more acute as genomic analysis of patient samples becomes routine. This gap transcends different diseases and we are working closely with other funders to address it.

Recruit world leaders to accelerate progress in priority areas

Strong leadership is a critical success factor for any research location or area of research. We need to grow our existing pool of outstanding individuals to support the ambitions of this strategy. We are supporting academic locations in the UK to recruit the very best senior leaders from elsewhere in the world, enabling them to realise their research visions.

Launch a new funding scheme to support mid-career researchers

We've launched a new funding scheme to close a gap in our programmatic support for mid-career scientists. Our new awards support multi-year funding, with the expectation that successful applicants will go on to compete effectively for full programme grants.

Ensure open access and research integrity

We expect our research community to work to the highest standards, and we're committed to the principles of the Universities UK Concordant to Support Research Integrity. We have clear guidelines for scientific conduct which embody our expectations for maintaining rigour and integrity in all aspects of research, and robust processes to audit and review research findings.

We're committed to ensuring all publications from CRUK-funded research are made freely available, to ensure that results can be disseminated as quickly as possible, and condition of our funding is that all trial results, including negative results, are published in a timely manner.

Opportunities for your research

Dr Sergio Quezada with students at the 2015 Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence Conference
We have a broad range of funding opportunities and other support to help the leaders of tomorrow develop their research careers.



Our progress

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