Career Development Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Research area
Cancer biology
Biomarker research
Cancer aetiology
Imaging research
Pre-clinical research
Early diagnosis
Epidemiology
Statistics and methodology
Radiotherapy research
Cancer prevention
Immunology
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
6 years
Funding amount
Salaries and associated running expenses for the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher, and one technician, plus equipment up to £25,000.
The Career Development Fellowship offers outstanding scientists 6 years of support to set up their first independent cancer research group.

You should have:

  • At least three and no more than eight years of research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting your preliminary application

You should not:

  • Have already received funding to set up your research group
  • Have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes1

Some other locations are not eligible; please contact the office before starting your application to see whether your host institution is covered.

If your salary is fully funded by your host institution you may be eligible to apply for a Career Establishment AwardIf you are a clinician scientist, please consider the fellowships offered by our Clinical Careers Committee.

1Applicants may apply to hold a Fellowship at a CRUK Institute provided that they are not in receipt of core funding concurrently to the Fellowship.

Research areas:

Applications for Career Development Fellowships will be considered from any area of Cancer Research UK’s funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery. For more specific details of research supported by Career Development Fellowships, please refer to the application guidelines (PDF)

Funding support provided for:

  • Salaries for the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher, and one technician
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment costs up to £25,000.

Applications are assessed by international peer review and Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the New Investigator Committee.

Our funding schemes award money raised through our charity fundraising, including, for translational research, by Stand Up To Cancer UK.

How to apply to this scheme

Applications for this scheme are now considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:

  1. Preliminary application: reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
  2. Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
  3. Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.

Please see relevant application deadlines below for the upcoming New Investigator Committee meetings:

 

Preliminary application deadline

Full application deadline

Interview dates

October 2015 New Investigators Committee

2 March 2015

15 June 2015

26—27 October 2015

April 2016 New Investigators Committee

15 September 2015

7 December 2015

12—13 April 2016

October 2016 New Investigators Committee

29 February 2016

3 June 2016

TBC

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.

Applications are assessed by international peer review and Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the New Investigator Committee

Dr Catherine Cowell

Research Funding Manager

Catherine.Cowell@cancer.org.uk or fellowships@cancer.org,uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 6126

Senior group leader in cancer biology - David Adams

David is a senior group leader at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He has been funded by our New Investigator Committee and Science Committee. 

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