Cancer Immunology Project Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Established independent researcher
Research area
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Up to 36 months
Funding amount
Up to £300k
Cancer Immunology Project Awards seek to catalyse research and build the UK’s research base in cancer immunology, by funding immunologists in non-cancer fields

Applications are accepted from:

  • Scientists, clinicians or health care workers from UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutes.
  • The lead applicant (PI) must be an immunologist who should not have a demonstrated track record in cancer research.
  • Collaborations with cancer researchers/clinicians are strongly encouraged to deliver the project but are not a mandatory requirement.
  • Those with a demonstrated track record in cancer and researchers from CRUK core funded Institutes are not eligible to apply for this award as the lead PI, but may act as a co-investigator or collaborator.

The aim of the scheme is to build capacity in cancer immunology; therefore, immunologists who already have a demonstrated track record in cancer research are advised that the Programme Awards from the Science Committee may be more appropriate.

To assess your suitability to apply, please email a one-page summary of your proposal, a list of potential collaborators and your CV to Dr Gemma Balmer.

Research areas:

The Cancer Immunology Awards should address key questions in the immunology of cancer. Applications can be in any area of immunological research, providing the cancer relevance is clearly articulated in the proposal, including any of the following key areas:

  • Cellular and molecular immunology, including but not limited to mechanisms of tolerance; the regulation of immune function, and; the development of memory
  • Inflammation, allergy, transplantation and auto immunity (how the basic understanding of relevant mechanisms involved could drive forward our understanding of cancer)
  • The immune response to infection
  • The interaction of immune cells with tissues
  • Immunity and disease susceptibility/resistance

This award does not support the development of new biotherapeutics or immunomodulatory agents.

Funding support provided for:

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

How to apply to this scheme

Application process

Applications for Cancer Immunology Project Awards are considered twice a year. Applications will be assessed by international peer review, before review by the Cancer Immunology Expert Review Panel. The final funding decision will be made 6-8 weeks later by the Science Committee.


  Full application deadline  

  October 2017 Science Committee 

9 May 2017

    April 2018 Science Committee  

7 November 2017


Before you begin your application

Applications are assessed by the Cancer Immunology Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the Science Committee

You must contact the funding manager for this scheme to discuss your proposal before starting your application.

gemma balmerDr Gemma Balmer

Research Funding Manager


Tel: 020 3469 6125



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