Science Committee Programme Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Established independent researcher
Clinician
Non-clinical researcher
Research area
Biomarker research
Pre-clinical research
Radiotherapy research
Imaging research
Cancer biology
Engineering
Physics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Preliminary submission
Committee review
Funding period
up to 60 months
Funding amount
Up to £2.5 million
Programme Awards provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer questions spanning basic and translational research.

Applications are accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutions. All applicants for Science Committee Programme Awards are required to discuss their proposal with Cancer Research UK staff before starting the application process.

Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and importance to furthering our understanding of cancer or potential benefits to cancer patients. Applications will be considered in the following areas:

  • Basic biological research: Any area of basic biological research relating to cancer. Studies may include the use of model systems (e.g. yeast, worm, fly, zebrafish, mouse), cell lines (animal or human) or primary tumour material
  • Preclinical studies: Research that will generate biological data to underpin therapeutic development
  • Biomarkers
  • Imaging
  • Radiotherapy research
  • The application of engineering and physical sciences to cancer

For more specific details of research supported by Science Committee Programme Awards, please refer to the scheme guidelines.

Funding support provided for:

  • Salaries for researchers and technical staff
  • PhD Students (stipend, fees and running expenses)
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment

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 Science Committee Programme Awards are considered twice a year and follow a two-stage process:

  1. Outline application: You'll need to submit an outline application which the Science Committee will use to decide whether to invite you to submit a full application to a subsequent meeting. We advise you to contact the office at least two months prior to the submission deadline to discuss the process and be given access to an online application form. If you're a renewing applicant, you do not need to complete this stage.
  2. Full or Renewing application: If you're invited to submit a full application, you can do so straightaway or wait until the next funding call. You'll be invited to an interview with an Expert Review Panel who will make funding recommendations to the Science Committee.​

All full applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS), where one PI must assume the responsibility of named Lead Applicant.

Timelines

Outline application deadline

Full application deadline

Interview dates

Committee review

21 February 2017

08 June 2017

September 2017

October 2017

22 August 2017

Early December 2017 (TBC)

February/March 2018 (TBC)

April 2018

Please note that if your outline application is approved, you can choose to submit by either of the two subsequent full application deadlines.

Before making your application

1. Please ensure you read the following documents: 

Outline application guidelines (PDF)

Full application guidelines (PDF)

Funding grant conditions (PDF) 

2. Applicants must contact the office to discuss their eligibility and suitability of their research proposal in advance of submitting an application (contact information below)

Applications are assessed by international peer review and Expert Review Panel. Final funding decisions are made by the Science Committee.

Contact our funding team

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

Applications from Scotland and Cambridge

gemma balmerDr Gemma Balmer – Senior Research Funding Manager

gemma.balmer@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 020 3469 6125

 

 

Applications from London, Essex and Southampton

Dr Susana Sequeira, Research Funding ManagerDr Susana Sequeira – Research Funding Manager

Susana.Sequeira@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 020 3469 8963

 

 

Applications from Yorkshire and North-East England

Dr Richard Muscat

Dr Richard Muscat - Research Funding Manager

Richard.Muscat@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 020 3469 5446

 

 

Applications from all other locations

Dr Siru Virtanen – Research Funding Manager

Siru.Virtanen@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 020 3469 8766

 

Medical oncologist and group leader - Phil Jones

Phil Jones leads the Stem Cells and Cancer programme at the University of Cambridge MRC Cancer Unit, and is funded by our Science Committee.

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