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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.

We are particularly interested in projects that will improve knowledge of the genetic and environmental causes and biological mechanisms of paediatric and young person cancers.

We will not consider requests to fund large case-control epidemiological studies except those that propose to use existing data or sample collections to test specific hypotheses.

We particularly welcome submissions relevant to the teenage and young adult age group.

Important Dates & Times

    Deadline for preliminary application

  • 25/01/2019 5:00 pm
  • Invitations for full proposals - tbc

  • 15/02/2019 5:00 pm
  • Deadline for full proposals:

  • 30/03/2019 5:00 pm
  • Awards made: We hope to announce awards by the end of May

  • 30/05/2019

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.

Please note that we will not contribute towards the cost of tenured posts nor can we contribute towards institutional overheads.

The maximum amount that can be applied for under this call is up to £250,000 for applications from a single institution, or up to £350,000 for collaborations involving more than one institution, though most grants will be for less than this. You may also apply for grants to fund shorter pilot investigations to test hypotheses.

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. In the event that a grant is awarded to such a collaboration, the UK institution must take overall responsibility for management of the project and must undertake to administer the funding.

Please note that we will accept no more than two proposals from a single research group.

Application process and timetable

There is a two-stage application process. The first stage is a preliminary proposal which must be submitted using our online grants portal, following the link below. Preliminary proposals are reviewed by our grant panel who will decide which to put through to the second stage. Decisions are based on the perceived NEED of the proposed research, the potential IMPACT of the proposed research and the capacity of the research team to deliver the proposed research.

Second stage applications will be subject to full, external peer review to assess the scientific quality of the detailed research proposal.

Deadline for preliminary proposal: 5pm, Friday 26th January 2019
Invitations for full proposals: early February 2019
Deadline for full proposals: 5pm, Friday 30th March 2019
Awards made: We hope to announce awards by the end of May.

Please visit our online grants portal to register and apply under this grant call.

PDFs for the full guidelines and full tender document relating to this call are below.

Full guidelines pdf     Full tender document

These will also be available on the online grants portal

If you have any questions relating to this grant call, please contact Joseph Bryan, Research Grants Manager on 0207 400 7588 / 07990 017154 or by email at


Joseph Bryan on 020 7400 7588

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