Biomarker Project Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Research area
Biomarker research
Radiotherapy research
Imaging research
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Typically 3 years
Funding amount
Up to £100,000 per year*
Biomarker Project Awards provide funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification for use in the clinical setting.

Applicants must be from a UK university, research institution, clinical centre or clinical trials unit (CTU). 

Please not that biomarker discovery proposals are not covered within the remit of this scheme.

Applications for biomarker discovery proposals with the aim of understanding the biological significance of potential biomarkers should be directed to the Science Committee.

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

Funding support is provided for:

  • Salaries for researchers and technical staff
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment

*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:

Full application deadline

Expert Review Panel meeting

Committee final decision

14th June 2018

October 2018

November 2018


Before you begin your application

Extension applications

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.

Our priorities are set out in our Clinical Research Statement of Intent.

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 December.

Cancer Research UK contact details

​You must contact a funding manager to discuss you proposal before starting your application.

Applications from Wales

caroline daltonDr Caroline Dalton

Senior Research Funding Manager

Tel: 020 3469 8860



Applications from London

Ewan Hughes McInnesMr Ewan Hughes McInnes

Research Funding Manager

Tel: 020 3469 6532



Applications from Northern England and Scotland

Dr Caroline Glover, Research Funding Manager

Ms Caroline Glover

Research Funding Manager

Tel: 0203 469 8934



Applications from all other locations

Kirsty Tunna, Research Funding ManagerMs Kirsty Tunna

Research Funding Manager

Tel: 0203 469 5080

Professor of biochemistry - Gerard Evan

Gerard is an established independent researcher in basic and translational research who is funded by our Science Committee.

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