Biomarker Project Awards
About this scheme
You must be from a UK university, research institution, clinical centre or clinical trials unit (CTU).
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.
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
Full details of allowable costs are set out in our costs guidance.
How to apply to this scheme
Application process overview
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year and follow a two step process:
Expression of interest (EOI): download and complete the EOI form. We will check that your proposal is within remit and open a full application form for you. We recommend you complete this step at least 1 month before the full application deadline.
Full application: you must complete an online application through our Grants Management System (eGMS). Your application will be reviewed by the Clinical Research Committee's Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel and final funding decisions made by the committee.
Full application deadline
Expert Review Panel meeting
Committee final decision
Before you 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 to understand what we will and will not fund.
We expect applications to have been discussed with the relevant NCRI 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
Before you can begin your application you must complete an Expression of Interest and contact a grants manager to discuss you proposal.
Applications from London, Scotland, Newcastle & Liverpool
Dr Lisa Oettl
Research Grants Manager
Tel: 0203 469 8846
Applications from Southern England (excluding London), Midlands, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Northern Ireland & Wales
Dr Amy Bradburn
Senior Research Grants Manager
Tel: 0203 469 8498
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.