Tobacco Advisory Group

The Cancer Research UK Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG) is a funding and policy-setting committee focusing on several key priority tobacco policy areas. Through the TAG, Cancer Research UK aims to complement its policy and campaigning work by funding related projects and research, as well as other work of national and international significance.

Research areas

TAG supports research, organisations and partnerships. The committee currently funds two main areas of national tobacco work — policy research and policy campaigning/advocacy activities.

A small amount of support is given to health promotion research and interventions.

In early 2015 we consulted on important topics and gaps in e-cigarette research. Read about the outcomes and next steps in the summary report (PDF; 654 KB).

How proposals are judged

The Committee meets twice a year and assesses applications on the basis of scientific excellence and potential impact on policy and practice.

Chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group

Professor Jeff Collin - School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh


Andy Jones- University of East Anglia

Dr Helen Walters- University of Southampton

Professor Michael Ussher - St George's London

Mr Martin Dockrell - Public Health England

Professor Sarah Lewis - University of Nottingham

Professor Linda Bauld - CRUK Cancer Prevention Champion

Dr Andrew Furber - Public Health, Wakefield Council

Contact for this group

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8164

Schemes reviewed by this commitee

2020/21 Update

There are currently no upcoming calls for this Committee.
We recommend researchers seeking funding visit the Prevention and Population Research Committee and the Early Detection and Diagnosis Research Committee.

Funding for researchers