Senior Cancer Research Fellowship
About this scheme
Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.
You should have:
- Space and facilities to run an independent research group
- A PhD or MD and extensive post-doctoral research experience
You should not:
Have a core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes*
There are also some other locations that are not eligible; please contact us before starting your application to see whether your host institution is covered.
If your salary is fully funded by your host institution, you may be eligible for our Programme Foundation Award. If you are uncertain which is the right scheme for you, please contact us to discuss the best application route.
If you are applying for funding rounds with a preliminary application deadline up to August 2018, our eligibility rules based on years post-PhD apply:
You should typically have between 8 and 14 years postdoctoral experience. However, we exercise flexibility with this criteria, taking into account career breaks, flexible working, changes in discipline and other personal circumstances.
If you are applying for funding rounds with a preliminary application deadline after August 2018, our eligibility rules based on years post-PhD will no longer apply:
You should be able to demonstrate that you meet the range of skills and experience as outlined in the ‘transition to scientific leadership’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework
Career breaks, flexible working, changes in discipline and other personal circumstances will be taken into consideration when assessing your record of outputs, research achievements and career progression.
Funding support is provided for up to six years, or equivalent duration for part-time working.
We're very supportive of part-time working and for a Senior Cancer Research Fellowship we expect at least 0.5 FTE or 80% of your working hours, whichever is greater, to be spent on academic research. Find out more about how we support part-time working and extended leave in our flexible working policies.
Funding will cover:
- Salaries for you, two postdoctoral researchers, a technician and a PhD student
- Associated running expenses
- Equipment costs up to £50,000
- A salary supplement for the Fellow of £10,500 per annum (not applicable to clinicians who have obtained their CCT)
How to apply to this scheme
Overview of the application process
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:
- Preliminary application: reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
- Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and short listed by the New Investigator Committee.
- Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.
All applications must be made through our electronic Grants Management System (eGMS).
Preliminary application deadline
Full application deadline
20 August 2018
20 November 2018
18-19 March 2019
05 February 2019
21 May 2019
17-18 October 2019
Before you begin your application
Please read the following documents:
If you have questions about the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your application, please contact the funding manager.
The New Investigator Committee will judge your application on:
- Scientific quality and originality: your proposal must have a strong scientific rationale.
- Cancer relevance: value of the proposed work in advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer or improving how cancer is diagnosed and/or treated.
- Your track record and potential to produce outstanding results.
- Suitability and strength of your research environment and collaborators: access to resources and facilities required for the fulfillment of the Senior Cancer Research Fellowship.
The Committee will also consider how closely your research aligns with the priorities laid out in our Research Strategy, including earlier detection and harder-to-treat cancers (brain, lung, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers).
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We offer a range of fellowships, bursaries and other support to help outstanding scientists and clinicians develop their independent research careers.
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