Clinical Careers Committee

​The Clinical Careers Committee has a broad remit to support clinicians and allied health professionals working in areas spanning basic and translational research.

For each of the funding schemes supported by the Committee, projects are encouraged from any area of CRUK's funding remit, with the exception of drug discovery and clinical trials.

Funding schemes

Pre-doctoral Research Bursaries provide short-term funding to allow clinicians and other health professionals to get involved in research projects early in their career.

Postdoctoral Research Bursaries for Clinical Trainees offer funding for clinical trainees to undertake a research project after completion of a PhD, during completion of their clinical specialty training.

The Clinician Scientist Fellowship offers excellent individuals the opportunity to develop their clinical academic research career.

The Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship offers excellent individuals who have postdoc experience the opportunity to develop an independent clinical academic research career.

Clinicians who want to build their own research team should contact us before applying to discuss the best route for funding. If you have a fully-funded position you may be eligible to apply for a Career Establishment Award. If you have already established an independent research group and are now developing your leadership, you may be eligible for other career development opportunities.

How proposals are judged

The Clinical Careers Committee meets twice a year to assess applications. Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, the research environment, candidate’s track record, and relevance of the research to the aims of Cancer Research UK

Chair of the committee

Professor Iain McNeish – Department of Surgery & Cancer,  Imperial College London

Members of the committee

Professor John Chester – Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University 

Ms Alison Howe – Patient Representative

Professor Alan Jackson – Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester

Professor Phil Jones – Cancer Development, MRC Cancer Unit, Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Professor Klaus Okkenhaug – Division of Immunology, University of Cambridge

Professor Reuben Tooze – Molecular Haematopathology, University of Leeds

Professor Kwee Yong – Clinical Haematology, University College London 

Dr Karin Straathof - Developmental Biology and Cancer Programme, Cancer Section, Institute of Child Health and University College London

Professor Clare Turnbull - William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Public Health England and The Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Jessica Downs - Epigenetics and Genome Stability, The Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Shonit Punwani – Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Cancer Imaging, Academic Clinical Radiologist , University College London Hospital

Dr Farhat Din  - CRUK Edinburgh Centre & MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine , The University of Edinburgh

Contact this committee

Dr Victoria Walker

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)203 469 5580

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