Biomarker Project Awards
About this scheme
This scheme accepts applications for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation.
- All types of biomarkers will be considered, including predisposition, screening, diagnostic, prognostic, predictive, pharmacological and surrogate response markers.
- Proposals can use invasive or imaging techniques.
- Biosamples or images can be collected as part of the proposal or accessed from existing sample/data sets.
You must be from a UK university, research institution, clinical centre or clinical trials unit (CTU).
Biomarker discovery proposals are not covered within the remit of this scheme. If your research aims to identify potential biomarkers, you may be eligible for our discovery research opportunities.
If your proposal includes research that seeks to enable the early detection of cancer or pre-cancerous states, you may be eligible for our early detection funding opportunities.
This scheme does not accept endorsements.
Funding support is provided for:
- Salaries for researchers and technical staff
- Running expenses
*Guide costs are up to £100,000 per year. Larger amounts may be considered with appropriate justification.
How to apply to this scheme
Application process overview
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year and follow a single step process.
Full application deadline
Expert Review Panel meeting
Committee final decision
6 December 2018
Before you begin your application
You must provide the Clinical Research Funding team with a two page proposal describing your study. After we have checked that your proposal is within remit you’ll be able to begin your application.
You must read the full application guidelines (PDF) before starting your application, even if you have applied for funding with us before.
You must read the costs guidance (PDF) to understand what we will and will not fund.
We expect applications to have been discussed with the relevant NCRI Clinical Studies Group or Advisory Group.
We expect patient and public involvement to be demonstrated in applications. Use our Patient and Public Involvement Toolkit for Researchers for advice on this.
Funded extension applications are not accepted. However, under exceptional circumstances, requests for no-cost extensions are considered. Please contact the Clinical Research Funding team to discuss the need for an extension and for access to a no-cost extension form.
Funded amendment applications are not accepted. However, under exceptional circumstances, requests for no-cost amendments are considered. Please contact the Clinical Research Funding team to discuss the need for an amendment and for access to a no-cost amendment form.
The Clinical Research Committee and its Expert Review Panels will judge your proposal based on the following criteria:
- Clinical and scientific importance of the research question
- Alignment with our Research Strategy and Clinical Research Statement of Intent
- Expected impact on clinical practice
- Strength of study design, including statistical design and rationale
- Adequacy of background information and supporting evidence
- Expertise of the study team
- Likelihood of successful study delivery
- Appropriate patient involvement
- Appropriate justification of costs
Cancer Research UK contact details
You must contact a funding manager to discuss you proposal before starting your application.
Applications from London and Southampton
Ewan Hughes McInnes
Research Funding Manager
Tel: 020 3469 6532
Applications from Birmingham and Wales
Senior Research Funding Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5472
Applications from all other locations
Helene Louis dit Picard
Research Funding Manager
Tel: 0203 469 8917
We support a broad portfolio of clinical research through grant funding, initiatives and investments in infrastructure, and we have a variety of funding schemes and other opportunities to support your research.
We are also committed to ensuring that clinical academics have the support they need to develop a career in cancer research, and we have a range of opportunities for researchers at all career levels.
Related guidance to download
Our Strategy and Research Funding teams attend and exhibit at conferences, meetings and workshops throughout the year.
Our Patient and Public Involvement Toolkit for researchers is your resource for planning and carrying out involvement activities.