2016/17 project grant call

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We are calling for applications for new research projects that will deliver real advances in the fight against childhood and TYA cancers.

2016/17 call for applications

We are seeking proposals for research projects that address one or more of the following specific research objectives:

    • To improve knowledge of the genetic and environmental causes and relevant biological mechanisms of childhood and teenage and young adult (TYA) cancers

    • To identify diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for childhood and TYA cancers

    • To optimise and develop more effective and less toxic cancer treatments, with a special focus on those forms of cancer that still carry a poor prognosis for children and TYA

    • To understand the long-term health implications of childhood and TYA cancer and its treatment

We will fund most types of research that address any of the above objectives. As well as more typical research projects, we will consider requests for infrastructure support that demonstrate rapid patient benefit and are highly collaborative. We will also consider supporting the administration of childhood cancer registries or multicentred clinical trials.

Proposals must be submitted by a UK academic institution; international collaborations may be funded if they are led by researchers based in a UK institution.

What can the funding be used for?

Our project grants are intended to provide funds for the employment of suitably qualified staff and the purchase of essential equipment and consumables for projects lasting up to three years that address the objectives outlined above. The maximum amount that can be applied for is £250,000. We also welcome pilot studies.

Who may apply?

Proposals must be submitted by a UK academic institution (university, hospital or research institute). We will consider funding international collaborations where researchers from a UK institution play a leading role.

Application process and timetable

There is a two-stage application process.

The first stage is submission of a preliminary proposal which must be submitted using the application form provided and following the guidelines below. Preliminary proposals are reviewed by our grant panel who will decide which to put through to the second stage.

Second stage applications will be subject to full, external peer review.

Deadline for preliminary proposal 5pm, Tuesday 30 August 2016
Invitations for full proposals issued Early October 2016
Deadline for full proposals Late November 2016
Awards made Early April 2017

Application documents

Guidelines for preliminary application

Project grants preliminary application

Children with Cancer UK terms and conditions of funding


If you have any queries about the Projects Grants scheme, please email research@childrenwithcancer.org.uk or telephone Neil Meemaduma on 020 7404 0808. 

Read more: Our 2015 project grants

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