Bupa Foundation Fund Innovation Grant

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Health professional
Non-clinical researcher
Research area
Behavioural research
Cancer prevention
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Funding period
12 months from November 2015
Funding amount
up to £20,000
The Bupa Foundation Fund aims to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations and develop innovative research in cancer prevention via sandpit workshops.

Applications are welcome from a wide range of disciplines, including those from private, public and third sector organisations and community groups.

We particularly welcome applications from early- and mid-career researchers from UK-based research organisations and from people representing organisations (large or small) that will contribute new expertise and new thinking for cancer prevention. It is a requirement that you obtain the approval of your research organisation/employer/board/shareholder(s) (as appropriate) before applying to ensure that your organisation is willing and able to engage in a collaborative project. We regret that, on this occasion, PhD students and applicants based overseas are not eligible to participate in the sandpit. Applicants must provide a covering statement from a representative of their organisation (e.g., supervisor, manager, or other relevant persons), confirming that, in the event of a grant, their organisation is willing and able to engage in, and support a collaborative project.

Due to the interactive and intensive nature of the workshop, applicants must have the personal attributes of creativity, openness, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. A willingness to engage with policymakers, community organisations, government agencies, businesses and other key stakeholders is also essential.

Selection criteria will include:

  • The potential to work in trans-disciplinary environments.
  • The potential to develop innovative and adventurous approaches to research.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • The ability to communicate and engage with diverse non-academic. stakeholders throughout the research process.
  • Relevant research expertise and experience.

Funding decisions will be made at the workshop by the workshop Director and Mentors.

How to apply to this scheme

Applications for this workshop are considered once a year and the application process has 5 stages:

  1. Submit a full application via email to Dr Lucy Davies (cancerprevention@cancer.org.uk) using the application form by noon 31 July 2015.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by us and successful candidates will be notified by email after the closing date.
  3. If your application is successful you will be invited to attend the workshop on 15-17 September 2015.
  4. Funding decisions will be made on the final day of the workshop by the workshop Director and Subject Guides, with up to the 5 best ideas being awarded up to £20,000 each, to support the subsequent development of the feasibility studies.
  5. The principal investigator (PI) for each successful study team will have until 9 October 2015 to submit a written version of their feasibility study proposal through eGMS that outlines their group’s intended activities as presented at the sandpit.

Read the call specification (PDF)

Download the application form (Word)


Further guidance on the post-award processes will be made available to successful applicants at the sandpit.

Funding decisions will be made at the workshop by the workshop Director and Mentors.

Dr Lucy Davies
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824