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Children with Cancer UK is one of the UK’s leading funders of research into childhood cancer.

We fund a broad variety of research aimed at improving our understanding of childhood cancer and improving the outlook for young patients.

Funding Opportunities

2019 Research Grant Call: £3 million

2019 Research Grant Call for Research into Childhood Cancer Treatment and Survival

Children with Cancer UK’s mission is a threefold one of “Cause, Care, Cure”.

We are seeking proposals for research projects that address improved treatment for and survival from childhood and young person cancer and into improved quality of ongoing life.

Deadline for preliminary proposal 05/04/2019

Invitations for full proposals 03/05/2019

Deadline for full proposals 04/06/2019

We hope to announce awards by the end of November 2019 29/11/2019

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2018 Research Grant Call: £2.5 million

2018 Grant Call for research into childhood and young person cancer causes and prevention

Children with Cancer UK’s mission is a threefold one of “Cause, Care, Cure”.

This grant call is for proposals for research projects that address causal and promotional factors and possible preventative actions relating to the risk of cancer in children and young persons. There will be other, treatment-related, grant calls announced early in 2019.

Deadline for preliminary application 25/01/2019

Invitations for full proposals 15/02/2019

Deadline for full proposals 29/03/2019

We hope to announce awards by the end of May 29/05/2019

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Research strategy

The incidence of childhood cancer increased through the second half of the 20th century and continues to increase today. 

Incredible progress has been made in treating childhood cancers but the pace of progress has now slowed and a substantial minority of patients are failed by therapy and do not survive.

In addition, tremendous gains in survival have been achieved through the use of increasingly intensive treatment regimens, putting young patients at risk of adverse, treatment-related effects.

  • We want to understand more about why children develop cancer, to find explanations for the increase in risk and to establish whether prevention is a possibility
  • We want to drive forward the development of novel approaches to diagnosis, identification of markers of likely outcome and improved treatments for childhood cancer in order to tackle those forms which still elude successful treatment and to minimise the risk of adverse, treatment-related effects
  • We want to understand more about the long-term risks faced by childhood cancer survivors, of whom there are now more than 30,000 in the UK.

These research aims can be broken down into the following objectives:

  1. To improve knowledge of the genetic and environmental causes and relevant biological mechanisms of childhood cancers
  2. To identify diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for childhood cancers
  3. To optimise and develop more effective and less toxic treatments for children with cancer, with a special focus on those forms of cancer that still carry a poor prognosis
  4. To understand the long-term health implications of childhood cancer and its treatment
  5. To promote the dissemination of research findings to achieve maximum impact

We will address these objectives via the following funding streams:

  • Project grants: we will provide project funding for research addressing objectives 1-4 above
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships: we will provide support for outstanding postdoctoral researchers to develop their careers in childhood cancer research
  • Clinical Studentships: we will provide support for clinicians wishing to develop a dual career that combines novel research with clinical practice
  • Support for conferences and meetings: to facilitate dissemination of research findings and encourage collaboration we will provide funding to support key sessions at relevant conferences and to fund specialist meetings or workshops.

Our Conferences and workshops

Childhood Cancer 2016 conferenceThrough our regular conferences and workshops, we bring together stakeholders in childhood cancer treatment and research to exchange knowledge and ideas.

We aim to provide a forum for clinicians, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss and debate key themes, share knowledge and develop new collaborations.

More about previous conferences and workshops Childhood Cancer 2018 conference


Children with Cancer UK

Child and TYA Cancer 2018

12-14 September, Westminster

International Scientific and Medical Conference

A holistic approach to Precision Medicine; a landmark conference examining the way we understand cancer.

This conference will explore the way forward within the full US NIH definition of Precision Medicine.

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Brain Tumour Conference 2018

Brain Tumour Conference 2018

1-3 May 2018, London

Cancer Research UK’s inaugural Brain Tumour Conference will unite the brightest minds in cancer research to discuss and debate some of the greatest issues in the field.

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Children's Brain Tumour Drug Delivery Consortium

Accelerating Progress in Drug Delivery

4th May 2018, London

Aiming to advance translational research into drug delivery to the brain, this workshop will be run as an interactive sandpit, with ideas for grant proposals being developed throughout the day.

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