Biomarker Project Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Research area
Biomarker research
Early diagnosis
Radiotherapy research
Imaging research
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Typically 36 months, but longer periods will be considered with appropriate justification.
Funding amount
Typically up to £100,000 per annum, but larger amounts will be considered with appropriate justification.
Funding for translational research where the aim is to build upon the validation of biomarkers, with steps taken to qualify their use in the clinical setting.

Applications will be accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutions.

Research areas:

Applications will be considered across biomarker discovery, assay development, qualification, or imaging discovery and evaluation.

Proposals can use invasive or imaging techniques and cover all types of biomarkers including predisposition, screening, diagnostic, prognostic, predictive, pharmacological and surrogate response.

We are particularly interested in applications that fall under the following areas:

  • The qualification of predictive biomarkers for conventional cytotoxics (including radiation)
  • Early detection biomarkers.
  • Circulating biomarkers – cells and nucleic acids (proteomics excluded).

Applications will be judged based on how well the project proposal meets the following criteria:

  • Science – Have you presented a clear scientific and clinical need for the biomarker? Do you have preliminary data to support your hypothesis?
  • Samples – Do you have access to appropriate clinical samples? Is your assay robust?
  • Scope – Do you have appropriate expertise in the proposed research team to undertake the project? Is there ‘line of sight’ to the clinic?
  • Statistics – Is the study appropriately statistically powered to ensure significant results? Do you have a named biomarker statistician on your application?

For more specific details of research supported by Biomarker Project Awards and further information on review criteria, please refer to the scheme guidelines.

Funding support provided for:

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

Applications are assessed by the Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel. Final funding recommendations are made by the Clinical Research Committee (CRC).

Our funding schemes award money raised through our charity fundraising, including, for translational research, by Stand Up To Cancer UK.

How to apply to this scheme

Applications for Biomarker Project Awards are considered twice a year. Applications will be assessed by international peer review from the biomarker field, before review by the Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel. The final funding recommendation is made by the Clinical Research Committee.


Committee date

Applications open

Full application deadline

May 2016

28 September 2015

1 December 2015


Before making your application you must discuss your project proposal with Dr Jessica Eddy, the Research Funding Manager for this scheme. Please email If your proposal meets the scheme eligibility you will be invited to make a full submission through our online Grants Management System.

Please read the full application guidelines (PDF) and grant conditions (PDF) before starting your application form.

Applications are assessed by the Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel. Final funding recommendations are made by the Clinical Research Committee (CRC).

Dr Jessica Eddy

Tel: 0203 469 6776