Career Establishment Award

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Established independent 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, associated running expenses, and equipment for one postdoctoral researcher and one technician
The Career Establishment Award offers new group leaders 6 years’ support to enhance their cancer research.

You should have:

  • At least three and no more than eight years of research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting the preliminary application
  • A full time post at a UK University, which is committed to provide your full salary for the duration of the award
  • Space and facilities to run an independent research group
  • Completed your specialist training, obtained a PhD or MD and have at least three years’ post-doctoral research experience if you are a clinician
  • Be the sole Principal Investigator

You should not:

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

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

Research areas:

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

Funding support provided for:

  • Salary for one post doctoral 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

How to apply to this scheme

Applications for Career Establishment Awards are now considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:

  1. Outline application: you must submit an outline application before being invited to submit a full application to a subsequent New Investigators Committee meeting.
  2. Full application: outline applications that are approved by the New Investigators Committee will be invited to submit a full application for consideration at a subsequent New Investigators Committee meeting. All applications will be peer-reviewed by international experts.
  3. Interview: a 35 minute interview is carried out by the New Investigator Committee to aide the final funding decision

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

 

Outline application deadline

Full application deadline

Interview dates

April 2015 New Investigators Committee

3rd October 2014

19th December 2014

13th – 14th April 2015

October 2015 New Investigators Committee

2nd March 2015

15th June 2015

26th - 27th October 2015

 
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 Kelly Sheehan-Rooney

kelly.sheehan-rooney@cancer.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5240

 

Group leader in biomarker research - Jessica Anne Downs

Dr Jessica Anne Downs is a Reader at the MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex. She was awarded the Cancer Research UK Career Establishment Award in 2008.

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