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Cancer Research UK offers a number of funding opportunities for a range of research areas as well as career stages:

Clinical Trials test new cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Our trials look for outcomes such as disease progression, survival and mortality, as well as assessing toxicity and the late effects of treatment. We also support trials in the areas of prevention, screening and early diagnosis.

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Feasibility and pilot studies are preparatory studies to demonstrate the feasibility of a larger study, including generating preliminary data. Such studies can include Phase II Clinical Trials which determine the most appropriate questions for the next generation of Phase III Clinical Trials. Phase II Clinical Trials aim to assess the activity, feasibility or toxicity of new treatment approaches, and can be used to screen out inactive treatments.

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Fellowships and Training Grants provide support for investigators early in their careers, particularly for those establishing a research group for the first time. Fellowships will provide the salary of the Principal Investigator.

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Programme grants 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 held for five years.

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Project grants provide support for a defined piece of work. The objectives of a Project grant should be driven by a clear hypothesis and should be achieved within the specified timescale of the grant.

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Cancer Research UK is offering three new research prizes to recognise outstanding contributions in the field of cancer research. Each prize includes an honorarium, a commemorative glass trophy, and free attendance at the NCRI Conference, where the presentation ceremony will take place.

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The different schemes offer short-term support to encourage individuals to undertake research in a cancer-related field. The schemes include funding for post-doctoral researchers to spend time in a different research group as well as more substantial funds to allow clinicians or nurses to gain research experience before pursuing a PhD.

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Some of our funding schemes are only open to those that already hold Cancer Research UK funding. Please check the individual funding scheme pages for eligibility.

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Updated: 23 May 2010