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.
- Have space and facilities to run an independent research group
- Have a PhD or MD and extensive post-doctoral research experience
- 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
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.
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.
We updated our guidelines for this scheme in November 2021. Please refer to the documents in the section 'How to apply to this scheme' for the latest guidance.
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
- Relocation costs up to £1,000 if you wish to take up your fellowship at a new host institution (see application guidelines for more details).
- 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
Applications for this scheme are considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages.
- Outline application: reviewed and shortlisted by the Research Careers Committee*.
- Full application: If shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a full application. This will be assessed by an Expert Review Panel and will include an interview.
- Committee Review: The Research Careers Committee meet to review the funding recommendations of the Expert Review Panels and make the final funding decision.
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*The Research Careers Committee is a new CRUK Committee that has combined and replaced both our previous New Investigator Committee and Clinical Careers Committee. The Research Careers Committee covers both remits and reviews all associated schemes.
Before you begin your application
We updated our guidelines for this scheme in November 2021. Please refer to the following documents for the latest guidance.
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 relevant contact below.
The Research Careers 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).
Applications are assessed by international, Expert Review Panels and funding decisions are made by the Research Careers Committee.
Cancer Research UK contact details
Please contact your Research Grants Manager if you have questions about your eligibility for this scheme or require any assistance with your application or active award
For Cambridge, Manchester, The North of England (incl. Newcastle), Wales
Jurga Kaucikiene, Research Grants Manager: email@example.com
For London (except for QMUL and UCL), Oxford, Birmingham
Dr Victoria Walker, Research Grants Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
For London (QMUL and UCL only), Southampton, The South, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Dr Catherine Cremona, Research Grants Manager: email@example.com
Please contact Dr Marjolein (Lein) Schaap, Research Programme Manager, if you would like to hear more about the support we offer e.g. CRUK Fellow meetings, activities and training, and to share any potential challenges you might face: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to the 'How to apply to this scheme tab' for further details and dates for this current Autumn 2021 round, and the next Spring 2022 funding round.
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