Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize

This prize recognises individuals who have demonstrated the potential to achieve world-leading status by producing research of international importance.

Key information

Awarded to

Awarded to

Postdocs and early-career group leaders within 10 years of receiving their doctorate

Prize value

Prize value


Key dates

Nominations open

TBA - Expected to be autumn 2019


Nominations close

TBA - Expected to be spring 2020


Make a nomination

The Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize is awarded annually to up to three outstanding cancer researchers nominated by their peers and selected by an international panel.

  • On 31 May of the year of the award, candidates must be within ten years of having been awarded their PhD.
  • Candidates must have produced international quality research outputs, a significant proportion of which should arise from work performed in the UK.
  • Candidates cannot nominate themselves.
  • Candidates need not be in receipt of Cancer Research UK funding, or have been supported either directly or indirectly by Cancer Research UK.
  • The Prize is presented to an individual investigator.

Cancer Research UK is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’re seeking nominations from a diverse range of backgrounds for this Prize.

To nominate, the following materials must be submitted:

  1. A completed nomination form that includes a summary statement of no more than 2000 words, describing: the Prize for which the candidate is nominated for; the research accomplishment(s) of the candidate and the significance and impact of his/her research. Publications supporting these contributions may be directly referenced within the text.
  2. One letter of support from an expert in the field, who must come from outside the nominee's institution. This can be included with the nomination form or sent directly to Cancer Research UK at the email address below. The name of the referee should be included in the nomination form.
  3. The candidate's CV, including a list of their most relevant publications (up to a maximum of 10).

There is no restriction on how many candidates can be nominated by an individual scientist. There is also no restriction on the number of nominators writing nomination letters or signing a single nomination letter on behalf of a candidate.

Nominators are asked to maintain the confidentiality of the nomination process.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to prizes@cancer.org.uk. Paper nominations will not be accepted. A nomination should not be considered submitted until Cancer Research UK has issued an email confirming this. Confirmations will be sent within five working days.

Please note that the deadline is final and we cannot accept nominations after 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Dr Lisa Oettl
Research Funding Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8846

Make a nomination

Ready to nominate an outstanding researcher?

Download a nomination form