Biomarker Project Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Clinician
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

Science Committee

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 Biomarker Expert Review Panel. The final funding decision is made by the Science Committee.

 

 

Full application deadline

October 2014 Science Committee

19th May 2014

April 2015 Science Committee

10th November 2014

 

Applicants are encouraged to speak to the office prior to submitting their applications. Please see contact details below.

All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS).

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

Read advice from our funding team.

Science Committee

Dr Rosie Fryer

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 3469 8097

rosie.fryer@cancer.org.uk