Research Careers Committee

The Research Careers Committee has a broad remit spanning basic and translational cancer research and is responsible for a number of funding schemes to develop the careers of early to mid-career cancer researchers and clinical academic researchers. 

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

In 2021, the Research Careers Committee combined and replaced both our previous New Investigator Committee and Clinical Careers Committee. 

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. 

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

Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship supports excellent clinician scientists to establish independence and leadership in their field of academic research. 

Career Development Fellowship offers support to outstanding early-career researchers to establish their first independent cancer research group. 

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

Senior Cancer Research Fellowship offers support to outstanding mid-career researchers  to further develop their programme and become internationally recognised leaders in their field. 

Clinical Trial Fellowship supports clinicians with an interest in clinical trials and who would benefit from further training within a Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) setting. 

If you are a mid-career researcher or a clinician with a fully-funded position, you should consider the Career Establishment Award or Programme Foundation Award. Clinicians seeking to build their own research team should contact us before applying to discuss the best route for funding. 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 Research Careers 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 wider aims of Cancer Research UK’s Research Strategy. See our Guide for Assessing Grant Applications

Observe a committee meeting

Coming soon - as part of our commitment to training the next generation of cancer researchers, we will be announcing opportunities for early career researchers to observe our committee meetings. Details will be advertised soon.

Chair of the Research Careers Committee 

Clare Isacke - Institute of Cancer Research 


Vice Chair of the Research Careers Committee 

Iain McNeish - Imperial College London  


Members of the Research Careers Committee 

Jason Carroll - CRUK Cambridge Institute 

Rob de Bruin - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology/UCL  

Farhat Din - University of Edinburgh  

Jessica Downs - Institute of Cancer Research  

Giovanni Montana - University of Warwick  

Klaus Okkenhaug - University of Cambridge  

Ruth Plummer - Newcastle University  

Daniel Tennant - University of Birmingham 

Ruth Travis - University of Oxford  

Clare Turnbull - Institute of Cancer Research  

Marcel van Herk - University of Manchester  

Kwee Yong - University College London  

Alison Howe* - Patient Representative and Assessor of supporting skills

Alice Choi # - Assessor of supporting skills 

* Retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry and strategic consultancy

# COO at McCann Health Medical Communications

Contact this comittee

Dr Victoria Walker 

Research Grants Manager 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 5580 

More career development opportunities for researchers 

We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers. 

Finding the right fellowship for you

Our competency framework for fellowships can guide you to consider which funding opportunity is right for you to support your transition to the next career level. 

Successful applicant case studies

Read advice on applying for funding from some of our current grantees with a range of backgrounds and expertise.