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, 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.

Research areas:

Applications for Career Establishment Awards 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 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 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

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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