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 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.
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:
- Submission of an outline preliminary application, which will be considered by the Population Research Committee
- 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.