New Investigator Committee

The New Investigator Committee has a broad remit spanning basic and translational cancer research, responsible for a number of funding schemes to support the cancer research leaders of tomorrow at all stages of their careers.

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

The Career Development Fellowship offers support to outstanding early-career scientists to set up their first independent cancer research group.

The Career Establishment Award offers support to new group leaders who have a fully-funded position to establish their cancer research career.

The Senior Cancer Research Fellowship offers support to outstanding mid-career scientists to establish or further develop an independent cancer research group.

If you are a mid-career research with a fully-funded position, you should consider the Programme Foundation Award. Clinicians seeking to build their own research team should contact us before applying to discuss the best route for funding; the fellowships offered by the Clinical Careers Committee may be more appropriate. 

How proposals are judged

The New Investigator Committee meets twice a year to assess applications to the schemes within its remit. Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, research environment, the candidate’s track record and future potential, and relevance of the research to the aims of Cancer Research UK.

Committee and panel members

Chair of the New Investigator Committee

Professor Clare Isacke - Institute of Cancer Research


Professor Jason Carroll - CRUK Cambridge Institute

Members of the New Investigator Committee

Dr Alvis Brazma - European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Dr Ferdia Gallagher - University of Cambridge

Dr Katrin Rittinger - The Francis Crick Institute

Professor Tim Somervaille - CRUK Manchester Institute

Professor Christopher Lord - Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Robertus de Bruin - University College London

Professor Gitta Stockinger - The Francis Crick Institute

Professor Steve Clifford - University of Newcastle

Professor Elaine Dzierzak - The University of Edinburgh

Ms Alison Howe (Patient Representative)

Contact this committee

Dr Lorenzo de la Rica

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 5215

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