The NCRI Living With and Beyond Cancer research initiative

Our previous work shows that undefined research priorities are a barrier to research in this area and funders have said there is a shortage of high quality research proposals. We have therefore set up an 18 month initiative which will develop strategic proposals for addressing the most relevant priorities and help build grantsmanship skills in the area. It is important to remember that living with and beyond cancer research is a broad and complex area and the reasons for low research activity are likely to be multifaceted.

The three main activities in the initiative are:

Working with the James Lind Alliance, we have set up the Living With and Beyond Cancer Priority Setting Partnership to identify research priorities that matter most to people affected by cancer and relevant health care professionals. Find out more here.

  • A Steering Group will oversee the grantsmanship programme comprising researchers experienced at competing for funding in living with and beyond cancer research and related research in other fields. We envisage membership of the group to include researchers both within the cancer field but also researchers exploring similar topics outside of the cancer field. We would also be looking to gain representation from researchers covering a range of areas spanning living with and beyond cancer research..
  • The grantsmanship Scientific Steering Group will develop a programme of work to help researchers access funding from relevant funding bodies.
  • The Steering Group will be instrumental in developing research strategies around the JLA priorities.
  • There are a number of NCRI Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) that work in the area of living with and beyond cancer research, therefore it is important to coordinate these activities in the CSGs and make sure we address research gaps and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • We are currently looking at the most optimal option for the CSG structure in living with and beyond cancer research.


The NCRI Living With and Beyond Cancer research initiative is funded by underspend from the NCRI Lung Cancer SuPaC Initiative, cofounded by Macmillan Cancer Support, Department of Health (DH), Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and HSC Public Health Agency Research & Development Division (Northern Ireland).

Any future initiative in living with and beyond cancer research will be built on this NCRI initiative and the clear research priorities identified.