Research Travel Award

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Research area
All research areas
Final submission
Committee review
Funding period
Up to 12 months
Funding amount
Typically under £10,000
Supports postdoctoral researchers to travel and gain skills from other research groups that will help them develop their independent cancer research careers.

You must be:

  • Based in the UK, and
  • A postdoctoral researcher with a salaried position

You must not be:

  • A PhD student (clinical or non-clinical) or MD student
  • A previous recipient of a CRUK Research Travel Award

You do not need to have existing CRUK funding to be eligible.

Your proposed work should fit within our Research Strategy. We particularly welcome applications for research into cancers of unmet need (brain, lung, oesophagus and pancreas) and early detection. You can already be working in those areas, or can use the award to explore and develop research into these areas.

  • Travel, accommodation and research expenses to visit a collaborating research group in the UK or overseas
  • Attendance at skills-based training

Funding will not be provided for:

  • Salary costs
  • Equipment costs
  • Attendance of conferences or lectures
  • Visits or training courses that have already taken place
  • Visits to research groups in the same city/town as your current host institution

How to apply to this scheme

Overview of the application process

  • Applications for Research Travel Awards are considered twice a year.
  • The application process has just one stage: a full application on eGMS reviewed by the Research Travel Award Panel.
  • If your application is successful you will be notified within a month of the funding decision.
  • All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS)
  • Applications should be submitted by the postdoctoral researcher who will be travelling to the collaborating group or attend the skills-based training.


Application deadline

Funding decisions

15 January 2019

March 2019

9 July 2019

October 2018


Before you begin your application

You must read:

  1. Application guidelines (PDF) 
  2. Grant conditions

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your application, please contact the funding manager.

Your application will be assessed on:

  • How the visit or training course will help you become an independent cancer researcher
  • Suitability of the proposed research environment
  • Scientific excellence
  • Cancer relevance.

We prioritise funding for projects of sufficient scientific quality that focus on the areas highlighted in our Research Strategy, including early detection research and research into cancers with substantial need (brain, lung, pancreas and oesophagus).

Read our Research Strategy

Applications are assessed by the Research Travel Award Panel and funding is approved by the New Investigator Committee.

Cancer Research UK contact details

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your application, please contact:

Dr Lorenzo de la Rica

Research Funding Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 3469 5215

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