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
Statistics and methodology
Radiotherapy research
Cancer prevention
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.

Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.

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, fully funded post 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

You should not:

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

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

Funding support is provided for:

  • Salary for one post doctoral researcher and one technician
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment costs up to £25,000

How to apply to this scheme

Application process

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 2017 New Investigators Committee

6 February 2017

25 May 2017

5-6 October 2017

March 2018 New Investigators Committee

21 August 2017

27 November 2017

March 2018


Before you begin your application

You must read the Preliminary application guidelines (PDF)Full application guidelines (PDF) and grant conditions (PDF) before starting your application form.

All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS)

Applications are assessed by international peer review and final funding decisions are made by the New Investigator Committee.

Dr Marjolein Schaap, CRUK Research Funding Manager

Dr Marjolein Schaap

Research Funding Manager,uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 8097

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