Population Research Committee (PRC) Programme Grants

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Established independent researcher
Non-clinical researcher
Research area
Cancer aetiology
Early diagnosis
Behavioural research
Cancer prevention
Statistics and methodology
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
5 years
Funding amount
no set value
Programme grants provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research, led by outstanding individuals with an established scientific track record.

Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and relevance to cancer research.

Applicants should have:

  • Extensive postdoctoral experience and evidence of their ability to successfully run an independent research group.
  • University or NHS contracts for the duration of the proposed award.

PRC Programme Grants can be awarded in the areas of:

Early Diagnosis

  • Cancer symptoms: natural history and awareness
  • The early diagnosis pathway including alternative routes to diagnosis
  • Interventions to increase presentation to primary care or uptake of screening
  • Screening as a form of early diagnosis


  • Behavioural and lifestyle  interventions to prevent cancer (individual or population level), including prevention of cancer recurrence
  • Adherence to chemoprevention
  • Screening as a form of prevention


  • Classical and health epidemiology, plus survival and incidence rates
  • Repurposing of existing cohorts for ‘omics studies (excluding genetic epidemiology)
  • Secondary physical effects of cancer treatment
  • Methodological and statistical research relating to population sciences

Funding decisions for this award are made by the Population Research 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 this scheme are considered once a year and the application process has 3 stages:

  1. Submit an outline application of 2000 words, which will assessed by the Population Research Committee.

  2. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application which will be peer-reviewed by experts and you will have the opportunity to respond to comments. It will also be assessed by the relevant expert review panel(s).

  3. You will be invited to present to and be questioned by the Population Research Committee, which will make the final decision on your full application.


Applications for 2016 have now closed. Please check back here in autumn 2017 for details of the next round of funding.

Outline application

Full application

Committee date

8 March 2018

19 June 2018

November 2018

Before you begin your application

  1. You must read the full application guidelines (PDF)

  2. You must contact the office to discuss eligibility and the suitability of your research proposal


Cancer Research UK contact details

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

Dr Anbalakan Paramasivam

Senior Research Funding Manager 

Email: prc@cancer.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824

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Michael was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014 from our Population Research Committee, to work on a project exploring the association of beta adrenergic receptor expression and beta-blocker use with breast cancer survival.

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