2019 Research Grant Call: £3 million

This grant call has now closed.

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.

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.

A full tender document relevant to this grant call can be downloaded.

Full tender document pdf

Important Dates & Times

    Awards made

  • 29/11/2019

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 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. Applications for smaller grants, up to around £50,000, to fund pilot investigations to test hypotheses, will also be considered.

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. 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.

You can download full guidelines and the full tender document below.

Full project grants guidelines pdf      Full tender document pdf     Full studentship guidelines pdf


Assessment Process

Application Process

The exact remit of each funding call is determined by our Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP).
Project Grants, Fellowships and Studentships awards are annual calls, with a two-stage application process.
The first stage is submission of a short preliminary application giving an outline of the proposed research – the aims, methods and the credentials of the research team.
Preliminary applications are reviewed by the SAP. The most promising applications are taken through to the second stage, with applicants invited to submit a detailed proposal. Short-listed Fellowship and Studentship applicants will also be interviewed.

Peer Review

The detailed research proposals are reviewed by external experts, from the UK and overseas, selected according to their relevance to the proposed research.
External reviewers are asked to complete a form commenting on the originality, importance, design and costing of the proposal. Project Grant applicants have the opportunity to respond to these comments.

Final Decisions

The applications, reviews and responses are then sent to members of our SAP who meet to discuss each application and agree which projects to recommend to the Trustees for funding, taking into account the overall balance of projects.
The Trustees make the final decisions, on the basis of advice from the SAP and the amount of funding available.

Our Scientific Advisory Panel


Children with Cancer UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which sets minimum standards of good practice to which member charities must adhere in their grant-making, including policies on peer review.

We are also a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), a partnership of UK cancer funders.