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Population Research Committee (PRC) Programme Grants

Programme grants are intended to provide long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research where the aim is to answer an interrelated set of questions. They are awarded to outstanding individuals with an established scientific track record and are generally intended to be held for five years.

What is covered

  • Clinical and public health epidemiology (excluding primary and secondary prevention studies involving medical interventions, e.g. vaccines and chemoprevention)
  • Educational and behavioural research in areas of prevention, screening and early diagnosis
  • Proposals considering clinical trials methodologies or statistics
  • Proposals considering secondary physical effects of treatment

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


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

The following information should be considered prior to contacting the office:

  • All applicants for programme grants are required to have extensive postdoctoral experience and must be able to show evidence of their ability to successfully run an independent research group.
  • Applicants should be contracted to their university, or be contracted with the NHS and hold an honorary university position, for the duration of the proposed award.

Period of funding

Funding is normally provided for up to 60 months.

Funding value

No set value. Funding decisions are made on the basis of scientific merit.

How to apply

Applications for new programme grants involve a two-step process:

  1. Submission of an outline preliminary application, which will be considered by the Population Research Committee
  2. If successful, this will be followed by an invitation to submit a full application

Applicants are required to contact Cancer Research UK to discuss eligibility and the application process before being given access to the online application system.

Support on preparing your application is available through your regional Research Design Service (RDS). Click here to access your regional RDS.

Submission deadlines

Preliminary submissions Final submissions Committee review
15 Nov 2013 20 Jun 2014 Nov 2014
7 Nov 2014 19 Jun 2015 Nov 2015

Other details

Review committee:
For enquiries related to this funding scheme, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5442
Updated: 29 April 2010