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Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme

**Please note – the deadline for outline applications for the 2014 call has now passed and applications are no longer being accepted.**

Marie Curie Cancer Care is spending up to £1 million per year through the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme to fund high quality research that has the potential to improve palliative and end of life care for people with advanced progressive life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses.

Marie Curie Cancer Care will be assisted by Cancer Research UK, who will administer the application process and grant funding.

New outline application stage

Marie Curie is introducing a new outline application stage for the current call. This will simplify the initial application process for applicants. Applicants need to complete the outline application form.

Please read the following documents before submitting your application:

  • Guidance for applicants
  • Themes for this call
  • Advice given to applicants by the Marie Curie Research Programme Funding Committee

What is covered

Applications are considered in the following areas:

  • Pain control at home for patients in palliative care
  • Symptom control at the end of life
  • Addressing the needs of potentially excluded groups at the end of life

All types of methodologies are welcome, and methodological rigour and feasibility of the research plans will be paramount. In their proposals, applicants should cite existing relevant evidence, including any systematic reviews. Research should address issues relevant to the last year of life.

Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, methodological rigour, fit with the remit and potential impact of the proposal.


Applications will be accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and some research institutions.

Period of funding

Funding is provided for up to 36 months (apart from trials, where longer time frames will be considered).

Funding value

No set value.

How to apply

Outline application forms can be downloaded from this page or the Marie Curie research website.

Submission deadlines

Preliminary submissions Final submissions Committee review
17 Jan 2014 29 May 2014 Nov 2014

Additional notes

For any questions about the programme, please contact Dr Sabine Best or Alice Holt.      

Other details

For enquiries related to this funding scheme, please contact:
Tel: 020 3469 5472
Updated: 31 October 2012