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.

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

Applicants 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
  • 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.

How to apply to this scheme

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

Before applying 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.

The application process has 5 stages:

  1. Submit a completed application form by noon 29 February 2016.
  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 11–13 April 2016.
  4. Funding decisions will be made on the final day of the workshop by the workshop director, subject guides, and people affected by cancer, to support the subsequent development of the feasibility studies. All costs must be justified.
  5. The principal investigator (PI) for each successful study team will have until 16 May 2016 to submit a written version of their feasibility study proposal through eGMS that outlines their group’s intended activities as presented at the sandpit.

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

Start your application

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.

You are encouraged to discuss your proposal with the funding manager before starting your application

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.