Early Detection OHSU Spark Award
About this scheme
Each application must have a lead applicant from both a UK institution and OHSU.
- Have at least 3 years postdoctoral experience or equivalent
- Be scientists, clinicians or healthcare workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals, CRUK Institutes or other research institutions, or at OHSU
Early detection (EDx) research seeks to identify cancer or pre-cancerous states at the earliest possible point at which an intervention might be made. such signals will detect, but may also underpin prognosis/stratification/prediction of response to therapy and prevention. EDx projects will support discovery and translational/clinical research which is mindful of the clinical and population context.
We know that the chances of survival increase significantly for almost all patient groups if cancer is detected and treated at an early stage. EDx research offers the potential for transformational improvements in patient outcomes and will be essential in making progress towards our vision of 3 in 4 patients surviving the disease by 2034.
EDx operates across the full pathway of disease development: detecting events from the earliest changes suggesting initiation, to dysregulated growth, promotion to pre-neoplastic states/lesions, malignant conversion, and tumour progression. Each of these stages provide an opportunity to detect a shift in state, and ultimately to intervene to improve survival. Early detection can also be applied post-therapy, to detect recurrence at the earliest possible point.
The remit of these awards includes:
- Biological research underpinning early detection and biomarker discovery and validation
- Human-based EDx discovery research
- Epidemiology and risk stratification for EDx (to inform populations for targeted research or screening)
- Data and computation-driven approaches to EDx
- Development and utilization of preclinical EDx model systems
- EDx technology development
- Translational and clinical EDx research
For additional detail, read the Application Guidelines (PDF).
CRUK-OHSU Spark Awards may focus on idea development in any of these research areas, or any combination of them. All proposals should consider how outputs of this award will lead to future funding applications.
CRUK-OHSU Spark Awards will initiate transatlantic collaboration and facilitate early detection knowledge exchange. We want to bring together outstanding teams to further establish a research community around this nascent field.
Find a collaborator
Looking for a collaborator for this award?
Submit your details and search for a potential partner using our Early Detection Collaboration Matcher.
Awarded once annually and are typically made up to £20,000 for UK-based researchers plus $20,000 for OHSU-based researchers for up to 1 year, and may be used to fund:
- Pilot experiments
- Travel and networking costs
- Associated running expenses
How to apply to this scheme
Overview of the application process
- You must contact the Early Detection Team to open an application for this scheme. You also have the option for an informal and confidential discussion of your proposal. We will advise you on eligibility and funding options.
- Submit an application
- Your application will be considered by the Early Detection Research Committee.
All applications must be made online through our online grant management system, eGMS, and your final application must be approved online by your host institution.
Deadline: 17 January 2018
Committee Review: June 2018
Before you begin your application
Please ensure you:
Applications will be judged based on:
- Scientific excellence and innovation
- Clear articulation of the challenge to be addressed
- Cancer early detection relevance
- Clarity of line-of-sight to clinical/population impact
- Team composition; are the requisite skill sets to deliver the proposed work and achieve impact in place? Do any collaborations between disciplines, institutions or with industry add value to the project?
- Is the required infrastructure in place to deliver the proposed research?
Cancer Research UK contact details
We have a range of funding opportunities catering for a broad research community at all career stages and in any research field which can impact on earlier detection and diagnosis of cancer.
We've made an ambitious commitment to invigorate early detection research by stimulating research interest, building capacity, forging new partnerships, and actively supporting a community for early detection research.
Our annual Early Detection of Cancer Conference, held in partnership with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, provides the perfect opportunity to network and build new collaborations with experts from many different disciplines.