Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG) Project Grants

About this scheme

Key information

Career level
Post doc
Early career researcher
Established independent researcher
Health professional
Non-clinical researcher
Research area
Cancer prevention
Funding period
usually 1-2 years
Funding amount
usually £20,000 - £50,000 per year
These project grants provide funding to researchers or advocacy organisations for policy research and advocacy activities in tobacco control.

Applications are accepted from UK-based researchers in universities, medical schools, hospitals, as well as advocacy organisations.

Usually, TAG looks for project grant applications for policy research and policy advocacy activities in tobacco control. In particular research and activities that support current UK policy priorities (see the 'Beyond Smoking kills’ report) and the Tobacco Control plans for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, especially:

  • Safety and health effects of e-cigarettes and nicotine delivery devices, including in the longer term
  • Role of e-cigarettes and nicotine delivery devices in cessation and use by different populations
  • Evaluating the effect of e-cigarette regulation
  • Studies on best practice in smoking cessation, mass media campaigns and local tobacco control activities
  • Retail regulation and environment for the sale of tobacco or nicotine delivery devices
  • Addressing health inequalities relating to tobacco use

How to apply to this scheme

Overview of the applicaion process

Applications for this scheme must be discussed well in advance of the deadline with the TAG secretariat. We will need:

• A brief description of the project (approximately 200-400 words)

• A paragraph on how an applicant has considered incorporating patient and/or public involvement into the study.

• Estimated budget and timings



    Preliminary Applications        Full Applications            
    Committee Meeting     
            29 May 2019          23 July 2019    
       November 2019


Before making your application 

  1. Read the TAG project grant application guidelines (PDF).

  2.  Applicants must contact the office ( to discuss their eligibility and suitability of their research proposal in advance of submitting an application.

Cancer Research UK contact details

You must contact a member of the funding team to discuss your proposal before starting your application.

Rachel Maynard

Grants manager

+44 (0)203 469 6523

 Rebecca Wise

Grants Manager

+44 (0)20 3469 8164

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