Funding opportunties

Check back here regularly for new funding opportunities. Please get in touch with us to discuss potential collaborations.


New from the World Cancer Research Fund Network – Inspire Research Challenge: Call opens May 1

As part of their continued commitment to accelerating progress, WCRF International (in partnership with AICR, World Cancer Research Fund and Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds (WKOF)) is launching the “Inspire Research Challenge” a new grant call aimed at Early Career Investigators, that will run in parallel with our existing Grant Programmes. The Inspire Research Challenge will prioritise innovative, bold, and creative proposals with the potential to catalyse rapid and impactful advances in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.

The Inspire Research Challenge is open to early career individuals (defined as not less than two years but not more than six years post-doctoral degree (PhD or MD research)). Eligible applicants must currently be employed on a research contract within a department at a research institution affiliated with a university or medical school. The Inspire Research Challenge is open to investigators worldwide.

Proposed projects must have direct relevance to cancer prevention, treatment or survivorship and may address any or all stages of the cancer journey. Proposals should address modifiable factors including both lifestyle, such as diet, nutrition, physical activity, and environmental factors such as pollution/contaminants and pathogens. Particular priority will be given to novel exposures including stress, sleep and host factors such as immune function.

For more information please see

MRC – Molecular and Cellular Medicine Programme

Apply for funding to support a programme of research focused on molecular and cellular medicine.

There is no limit to the funding you can apply for. Applicants typically apply for £1 million or more. The programme will usually fund up to 80% of your project’s full economic cost.

Your programme can last up to 5 years.

This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds close every January, May and September.

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Cancer Research UK Grand Challenges 

Cancer Research UK has announced Round Four of its Grand Challenges programme. The topics of focus are: 

  • Ageing and cancer
  • Cancer cell plasticity
  • Cancer inequities
  • Chemotherapy induced neurotoxicities
  • Early onset cancers
  • Obesity, physical activity and cancer
  • Retrotransposable elements
  • Solid tumours in children
  • T-cell receptors

Key dates

Expression of Interest deadline – 22nd June 2023 

Full application deadline – 26th October 2023 

For further information on the programme click here. 


British Nutrition Foundation

Pump Priming Award 2023 

To help a university lecturer, postdoctoral researcher/postdoctoral research fellow/postdoctoral research associate working in human nutrition to undertake the pilot work needed to generate data that can be used as the basis of a more substantial grant application, the British Nutrition Foundation is providing the opportunity to apply for a grant of £5000 in 2023. The applicant must be a UK-based postdoctoral researcher/postdoctoral research fellow/postdoctoral research associate or lecturer working in the field of human nutrition and within 5 years of their first academic appointment following completion of their PhD. 

The closing date for applications is midnight on 7 May 2023.

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Breast Cancer Now 

Project grants are available up to the value of £250,000.

Deadline: 10th May 2023

  • Improving treatments, care and services for those affected by secondary breast cancer.
  • Improving support for the physical and mental health, and the emotional wellbeing of people affected by breast cancer.
  • Developing kinder, smarter treatments for people with breast cancer and improving access to treatments for those affected.
  • Improving detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • Furthering our understanding of why breast cancer occurs and spreads and using our knowledge to help prevent breast cancer developing.

Click here for further information. 

BASO – The Association for Cancer Surgery 

BASO/Rosetrees Research Grants in Cancer Surgery 

A total of up to £50,000 per annum will be awarded. This amount would be split between one or more applicants depending on the quality of applications received. Research grants are aimed at supporting innovative research projects in surgical oncology that will develop further towards clinical translation. Multidisciplinary applications are particularly welcomed and ones that demonstrate an important improvement in delivery of cancer care or improvement in surgical treatment.

Deadline: 16th May 2023, 5pm 

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NIHR NICE rolling call (EME) – deadline 25th April 2023
NIHR NICE rolling call (HTA)  – deadline 3rd May 2023

NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA) – deadline 3rd May 2023

NIHR HTA Palliative and End of Life Care – deadline 3rd May 2023 

NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HS&DR) – deadline 31st May 2023


NIHR Researcher-led

EME – deadline 25th April 2023

HTA – deadline 3rd May 2023 

HS&DR – deadline 31st May 2023


Hospital Saturday Fund 

For medically related charities, hospitals, hospices and medical clinics:
The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training. The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs.
The Hospital Saturday Fund has two grant categories:
– Standard grants of up to £2,000 or €3,000 OR
– Large grants to up to £10,000 or €13,500 (please note this is the maximum sum that HSF will grant).

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Coming soon

Prostate Cancer UK – Career Acceleration Fellowship applications opening on 21st March 2023

Pancreatic Cancer UK – Research Innovation Fund due to open for applications in Autumn 2023