Biomarker Project Awards

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Clinician
Research area
Biomarker research
Radiotherapy research
Imaging research
Surgery research
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Typically 3 years
Funding amount
Up to £100,000 per year*
This scheme provides funding for biomarker assay development, validation and qualification where there is a clear line of sight to clinical implementation.

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
  • Equipment

*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

March 2019

May 2019

June 2018

September 2019

November 2019

 

Before you begin your application

Extension applications

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.

Amendment applications

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

 

Applications are assessed by the Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel. Final funding recommendations are made by the Clinical Research Committee (CRC).

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 McInnesEwan Hughes McInnes

Research Funding Manager

clinicalresearch@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 020 3469 6532

 

Applications from Birmingham and Wales

Alice Holt

Alice Holt

​Senior Research Funding Manager

clinicalresearch@cancer.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5472

 

Applications from all other locations

Picture coming soonHelene Louis dit Picard

Research Funding Manager

clinicalresearch@cancer.org.uk

Tel: 0203 469 8917

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