Biomarker Project Awards
About this scheme
Applicants must be from a UK university, research institution, clinical centre or clinical trials unit (CTU).
Applications will be considered for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification, with the intention of future use in the clinical setting.
- Proposals can use invasive or imaging techniques
- All types of biomarkers will be considered, including predisposition, screening, diagnostic, prognostic, predictive, pharmacological and surrogate response.
- Samples and/or imaging for the study can be collected prospectively as part of the application or accessed from existing sample/data sets
Applications for biomarker discovery proposals with the aim of understanding the biological significance of potential biomarkers should be directed to the Science Committee.
Funding support is provided for:
- Salaries for researchers and technical staff
- Running expenses
*Guide costs are up to £100,000 per year. Larger amounts may be considered with appropriate justification. Please contact the Clinical Research Funding team before submitting your application if you would like to apply for a larger amount.
How to apply to this scheme
Application process overview
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year and follow a single step process.
Dates for the current round of funding are:
6 December 2016
Full application deadline
Expert Review Panel meeting
Clinical Research Committee meeting (final decision)
Before you begin your application
You must provide the Clinical Research Funding team with a one page proposal describing your proposed study. After we have checked that your proposal is within remit for a Biomarker Project Award you’ll be able to begin your application.
You must read the costs guidance (PDF) to understand what we will and will not fund
This scheme does not fund extensions. However, under exceptional circumstances, requests for no-cost extensions are considered. Please submit a no-cost extension request form to the Clinical Research Funding team.
Applications are assessed by the Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel. Final funding recommendations are made by the Clinical Research Committee (CRC).
If you have an application currently under consideration you can expect to hear the outcome in early June.
Cancer Research UK contact details
You must contact the funding manager for this scheme to discuss your proposal before starting your application.
Dr Jessica Eddy
Research Funding Manager
Tel: 0203 469 6776
Related guidance to download
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