The initiative will open again for applications in Spring 2019

12 Oct 2017

Express Interest

Collaborators open their application outlining their proposed team and approach

Feb 2018

Shortlist

Expressions of interest are reviewed and selected teams receive seed-funding to develop full applications

May 2018

Full Application

Shortlisted teams submit full applications and are interviewed by the independent advisory panel

Nov 2018

Award

Winning teams awarded up to £20 million over 5 years to conduct their pioneering research

Early 2019

Consultation 

New inputs are sought to help inform the next round of Grand Challenge

What the panel are looking for

"The Grand Challenge is about the best ideas, national and disciplinary boundaries don’t matter – what matters is thinking on a scale and level of ambition fitting of these awards"

Dr Rick Klausner, Chair of the Grand Challenge Advisory Panel

We are looking for applications that:

  • Have the potential to unlock new thinking
  • Are pioneering, novel and bold
  • Include truly unique collaborations
  • Couldn't be achieved without this level of funding

Meet the panel

Hear from previous applicants

"For me the Grand Challenge offered an opportunity to do a piece of science at a scale and a breadth that I could not have anticipated doing with any other funding"

Prof Ed Boyden, neuroscientist, MIT

Applicants said they:

  • Had the freedom to assemble their perfect application
  • Spoke to new collaborators they had never considered partnering with
  • Opened their minds to do something that could be truly transformative

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Get in touch

lucy shaw

To discuss our Grand Challenge initiative please contact

Dr Lucy Shaw

grandchallenge@cancer.org.uk

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