How to apply

The call will open again in June 2017 with a revised set of challenges

Grand Challenge allows teams of researchers from around the world to come together to solve some of the toughest challenges in cancer. The size of the award allows teams to be ambitious and create new collaborations that would otherwise not be possible.

We expect your team will comprise of:

  • Multiple Co-Investigators
  • More than one country (at least 25% of the team should be from outside of the UK)
  • Complementary disciplines
  • More than one organisation (academic or commercial)

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​

Get in touch

lucy shaw






If you have a question about Grand Challenge please contact Lucy Shaw by calling 0203 469 8038 or emailing

For help with our online grants system eGMS, please contact grants helpline on 0203 469 5452         

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Help to set the next Grand Challenge

To set the first 7 Grand Challenges we consulted with the scientific community, innovators and patients. Each Grand Challenge identified barriers, which if overcome, would significantly impact our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.

In early summer 2017 our scientific panel will meet to review and refresh the challenges and we would like to take your ideas on board to help guide them. 

Submit your Grand Challenge


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