Cancer Prevention Innovation Grant

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Health professional
Non-clinical researcher
Workshop theme
Physical activity and cancer prevention
Application deadline
12 May 2017
Workshop dates
25–28 June 2017
Funding period
1 year
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.

Applicants for Innovation Grants must attend a sandpit workshop — an intensive and interactive three-day residential event where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and form new collaborations spanning diverse research areas and organisations
  • Work in broad, multidisciplinary teams to generate new and innovative research ideas
  • Pitch projects for seed funding to test the feasibility of their ideas

​Research ideas developed at the workshop are expected to:

  • Promote physical activity for cancer prevention across any demographic
  • Take advantage of new methodological tools, platforms, data sources, and multidisciplinary approaches

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

Applicants do not need a specific expertise or background but must be:

  • Creative, open-minded, and able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willing to engage with policymakers, community organisations, government agencies, businesses and other key stakeholders
  • Able to attend all 3 days of the workshop
  • Guaranteed employment for the duration of the funding award
  • Based in the UK

We particularly welcome applications from early- and mid-career researchers from research organisations and from people representing organisations (large or small) that will contribute new expertise and new thinking for cancer prevention.

We regret that, on this occasion, PhD students are not eligible.

We provide accommodation, refreshments and meals and will cover standard class travel costs for the workshop.

Teams who successfully pitch proposals at the workshop will receive seed funding for one year to cover the costs of pilot studies. Funding will not cover salaries.

How to apply to this scheme

​Overview of the application process

Workshops will take place twice a year, with each workshop having a specific theme and specification document.

The application process has 5 stages:

  1. Submit a completed application form by noon 12 May 2017.
  2. We will review your application 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 25–28 June 2017.
  4. Over the course of the workshop teams will develop feasibility study proposals, which they will be able to pitch for funding on the final day of the workshop. Up to five teams will be funded, and decisions will be presented at the end of the event.
  5. The principal investigator (PI) for each successful study team will have one month to submit a written version of their feasibility study proposal through eGMS that outlines their group’s intended activities as presented at the sandpit, with costings.

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

Start your application

Before you begin your application

You must:

  • Read the call specification
  • Obtain the approval of your host organisation/employer/board/shareholder(s) (as appropriate), to ensure that your organisation is willing and able to engage in a collaborative project.

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 on the final day of the workshop by the workshop director, subject guides, and people affected by cancer. The Director of the Physical Activity workshop will be Professor Charlie Foster.

Decisions are ratified by the Population Research Committee.

If you wish to discuss your eligibility before starting your application, contact:

Abby Woodfin, Research Funding ManagerDr Abby Woodfin

Research Funding Manager 


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8668

What to expect from a sandpit workshop

Our Innovation Grants are funded during 3-day workshops which enable applicants to explore issues in cancer prevention, innovate by developing new ideas in multidisciplinary groups, and create project proposals to pitch to the funding panel.

Research events

Our Strategy and Research Funding teams attend and exhibit at conferences, meetings and workshops throughout the year.