Multidisciplinary Project Award

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Non-clinical researcher
Early career researcher
Mid-career researcher
Established independent researcher
Research area
Mathematical and computational modelling
Chemical and molecular sciences
Materials science
Molecular/tissue engineering
Regenerative medicine
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Up to 4 years
Funding amount
Up to £500k; including equipment, and salaries for PDRAs, PhDs, technical staff and associated running expenses
The Multidisciplinary Project Award supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering/physical science disciplines.

Applications should ideally include:

  • a minimum of two PIs working in distinct scientific disciplines
  • at least one PI working in cancer research at any career stage
  • at least one PI from an engineering/physical science discipline at any career stage

Applications will be accepted from UK universities, research institutions, Cancer Research UK core-funded Institutes, medical schools and hospitals. The award is not required to be co-located and can be held across institutions in the UK, supporting roles from international and commercial organisations may also be included.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the office.

Research areas:

The aim of these awards is to generate creative research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research. These awards are awarded jointly between Principal Investigators (PI) from engineering/physical science disciplines, and PIs who are working in cancer research.

With a primary focus on multidisciplinary research, the research themes within remit for this award include:

  • The direct application of physics, engineering, chemical or mathematical concepts to address the underlying physical processes of cancer, including tumour initiation, growth and metastasis.
  • The development of new transformational approaches or the translation of technologies for direct applications in, or a clear path to, a direct application in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Proposals for the first applications of technologies in cancer research and those which demonstrate potential clinical applicability are encouraged.

In addition, we welcome proposals across all engineering and physical science disciplines including physics, engineering, mathematical and computational modelling, chemical and molecular sciences, materials science, molecular/tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. For more specific details of research supported by Multidisciplinary Project Awards, please refer to the scheme guidelines (PDF) .

Multidisciplinary Project Awards are designed to fund individual project proposals, for research proposals of a similar nature that encompass a more detailed body of work, please refer to the Programme Awards.

Applications will be judged based on how well the project proposal meets the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence and innovation
  • Cancer relevance and importance to furthering the understanding of cancer or potential benefits to cancer patients
  • Feasibility, added value and individual contributions of the collaboration

Funding support provided for:

  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • PhD students (stipend, fees and running expenses)
  • Technical staff
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment

Applications are assessed by the Multidisciplinary Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the Science Committee.

Our funding schemes award money raised through our charity fundraising, including, for translational research, by Stand Up To Cancer UK.

How to apply to this scheme

​Overview of the application process

Applications for Multidisciplinary Project Awards are considered twice a year and follow a two-stage process:

  1. Outline: Before submitting a full application, a one page summary of the proposed project is required to be sent to the grants office, following this template (docx), before being given access to the full application form. Please ensure you send this by the expression of interest date in the table below.
  2. Full applications: will be peer-reviewed by international experts in the field, before review by the Multidisciplinary Expert Review Panel. The final funding decision is made by the Science Committee.


Expression of interest

Application deadline

April 2016 Science Committee

1 September 2015

17 November 2015

October 2016 Science Committee

1 March 2016

24 May 2016

Click here to access the project summary template (docx).
All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS), where one PI must assume the responsibility of named Lead Applicant.

Before making your application

Please read application guidelines, as well as grant condition (PDF) before starting your application form.

Applications are assessed by the Multidisciplinary Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the Science Committee.

Cancer Research UK contact details

You must contact the funding manager for this scheme to discuss your proposal before starting your application.

Dr Richard Muscat - Research Funding Manager

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