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12 Oct 2017
Collaborators open their application outling their
proposed team and approach
Expressions of interest are reviewed and selected teams receive seed-funding to develop full application
Shortlisted teams submit full applications and are interviewed by the independent advisory panel
Winning teams awarded up to £20 million over 5 years to conduct their pioneering research
New inputs are sought to help inform the next round of Grand Challenge
Overview of Eligibility
- Any country
- Any discipline
- Any academic institution or commercial entity
- Any career stage
An independent advisory panel, chaired by Dr Rick Klausner (former Director of the US National Cancer Institute, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), review applications, shortlist and interview teams, and make funding recommendations.
1. Choose your challenge
Guided by the scientific community and patients, the independent advisory panel has set 8 Grand Challenges - each requiring bold, novel approaches and the right international, multi-disciplinary collaborations to tackle. Please ensure you have read the 'Information for applicants section' for your chosen challenge before starting an application.
3. Complete the pre-submission questionnaire
Before we can open an expression of interest (EOI) on our grants management system (eGMS), the principle investigator must submit a short questionnaire to Cancer Research UK..
This information will be used to check eligibility and provide initial advice that may benefit your application - it will not be shown to our advisory panel. Completion of this questionnaire is mandatory. We do not require you to provide information on all team members at this stage but you must indicate the broad roles and disciplines proposed across your team.
We recommend submitting your questionnaire as soon as possible as it may take up to two weeks to receive feedback.
What the panel are looking for
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
Hear from previous applicants
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
Stay up to date
If you have questions around commercial involvement in your team or are seeking assistance to connect with commercial entities then please contact Dr Laura Dickens by emailing email@example.com
Get in touch
If you wish to discuss your proposal in more detail or have submitted a questionnaire and not had a response within two weeks please contact Dr Lucy Shaw by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For help with our online grants system eGMS, please contact grants helpline on 0203 469 5452 or email email@example.com.