Senior Cancer Research Fellowship

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Established independent researcher
Research area
Cancer biology
Biomarker research
Cancer aetiology
Imaging research
Pre-clinical research
Early diagnosis
Epidemiology
Statistics and methodology
Radiotherapy research
Cancer prevention
Immunology
Preliminary submission
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
6 years
Funding amount
Salaries and associated running expenses for you, two postdoctoral researchers, a technician and a PhD student, plus equipment up to £50,000. Typically up to a value of £2 million.
The Senior Cancer Research Fellowship offers outstanding scientists support to establish or further develop an independent cancer research group.

Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.

You should have:

  • Between eight and fourteen years’ postdoctoral research experience since completing your PhD at the time of submitting the preliminary application
  • Obtained a PhD or MD and extensive post-doctoral research experience if you are a clinician.

You should not:

  • Have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes1

There are also some other locations that are not eligible; please contact us before starting your application to see whether your host institution is covered.

If your salary is fully funded by your host institution, you may be eligible for our Programme Foundation Award. If you are uncertain which is the right scheme for you, please contact the office to discuss the best application route.

1Applicants may apply to hold a Fellowship at a Cancer Research UK Institute, provided that they are not in receipt of core-funding concurrently to the Fellowship.

Funding support is provided for:

  • Salaries for you, two postdoctoral researchers, a technician and a PhD student
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment costs up to £50,000
  • A salary supplement for the Fellow of £10,500 per annum (not applicable to clinicians who have obtained their CCT)

How to apply to this scheme

Overview of the application process

Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:

  1. Preliminary application: reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
  2. Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
  3. Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.

 

Preliminary application deadline

Full application deadline

Interview dates

March 2017 New Investigators Committee

11 August 2016

24 November 2016

29-30 March 2017

October 2017 New Investigators Committee

6 February 2017

25 May 2017

5-6 October 2017

Before making your application

Please read the following documents: 

  1. Preliminary application guidelines (PDF)
  2. Full application guidelines (PDF)
  3. Grant conditions (PDF) 

If you have questions aboout the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your applicaton, please contact the funding manager.

All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS)

Applications are assessed by international peer review and final funding decisions are made by the New Investigator Committee.

Cancer Research UK contact details

If you have any questions aboout the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your applicaton, please contact the funding manager:

catherine cowelDr Catherine Cowell

Catherine.Cowell@cancer.org.uk or fellowships@cancer.org,uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 6126

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