International Cancer Prevention Innovation Grant

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Mid-career researcher
Established independent researcher
Health professional
Non-clinical researcher
Workshop theme
Knowledge Integration Across Health Domains, Professions, and Nations to Advance Cancer Prevention
Application deadline
15 February 2017
Workshop dates
24–26 April 2017
Committee review
April 2017
Funding period
1 year
Funding amount
Up to £40,000

We aim to catalyse new multidisciplinary and international collaborations to develop innovative research in cancer prevention via sandpit workshops.

Participants at the sandpit workshop — an intensive and interactive “ideas lab” — will have the opportunity to form new collaborations and develop novel research proposals, for which they may then apply for a CRUK Innovation Grant.

The next three-day residential workshop will take place 24–26 April in Potomac, Maryland, and will be led by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Network and form collaborations spanning different research areas, organisations, and nations
  • Work in broad, multidisciplinary and international teams to generate innovative project ideas 
  • Generate ideas for feasibility study proposals, which they may submit for CRUK Innovation Grant seed funding

The workshop aims to facilitate the development of new research ideas which are expected to:

  • Integrate knowledge across health behaviours, research fields, and national contexts in order to advance cancer control and prevention
  • Cut across behavioural domains, professional sectors, and geographic boundaries
  • Cultivate new insights across the key cancer-related health behaviours of tobacco use, alcohol consumption, dietary behavior, physical activity, and UV exposure.

Note that while NCI is funding and organizing the Sandpit Workshop, the Innovation Grants are funded and administered independently by CRUK.

Applications are welcome from a wide range of disciplines, including those from private, public and third sector organisations and community groups.

Applicants must be:

  • Creative, open-minded, and able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willing to engage with policymakers, community organisations, government agencies, businesses and other key stakeholders
  • Based in the United Kingdom or United States

We particularly welcome applications from early- and mid-career researchers from research organisations and from people representing organisations (large or small) that will contribute new expertise and new thinking for early diagnosis.

We regret that, on this occasion, PhD students are not eligible.

After the workshop, teams will be able to submit proposals for funding with CRUK/Bupa Foundation Fund Cancer Prevention Innovation Grants. Further guidance on CRUK’s Innovation Grant post-award processes will be made available at the sandpit event.

Successful teams will receive seed funding for one year to cover the costs of pilot studies. Funding will not cover salaries.

Final funding decisions will be made by the Population Research Committee.


How to apply to this scheme

Applying for Participation in the Sandpit Workshop

Before applying you must:

  • Read the call specification
  • Obtain the approval of your host organisation/employer/board/shareholder(s) (as appropriate), to ensure that your organisation is willing and able to engage in a collaborative project.

To express interest in participating in the workshop, please send:

  • Your CV
  • The names of two professional references
  • A cover letter that outlines your interests in applying for the sandpit
  • A visual representation (e.g., diagram or mental model) that illustrates a conceptual schema of your area of interest
  • A letter of commitment from your organisation or institution

Applications must be emailed to by February 15, 2017, at 6 pm EST / 11 pm GMT.

Selection criteria for the workshop includes:

  • The potential to work in trans-disciplinary environments
  • The potential to develop innovative and adventurous approaches to research
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
  • The ability to communicate and engage with diverse non-academic stakeholders throughout the research process
  • Relevant research expertise and experience

lucy davies

Dr Lucy Davies

Senior Research Funding Manager


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824