Cancer-related Fatigue Research Sandpit – EVENT POSTPONED

After careful consideration and a comprehensive assessment of the available information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has made the difficult decision to postpone this event. 

We still invite your applications and will let you know as soon as possible of the new dates, ideally for autumn 2020.

Please visit our FAQs page for further information about cancellation or postponement of NCRI events due to COVID-19.


Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) are hosting a three-day residential research workshop on cancer-related fatigue.

This event is dedicated to generating innovative and multidisciplinary research ideas that seek to answer one or both of the following questions:

  • What causes fatigue in people living with and beyond cancer?
  • What are the best ways to manage cancer-related fatigue?

Fatigue is one of the most common cancer symptoms, one that severely affects a patient’s quality of life, as well as of those close to them. It is also one of the top 10 research priorities identified by the people most affected. Yet despite so many cancer patients suffering fatigue, its cause remains poorly understood, and evidence for effective interventions is lacking.

We welcome applications to the sandpit workshop from anyone looking to collaborate with fellow participants to explore new ideas to advance research into cancer-related fatigue – including academics, healthcare professionals and consumers (patient and carer representatives).

This intensive and interactive research sandpit will be a unique opportunity to network, form new collaborations, and develop research ideas that can really move forward our ability to understand and address cancer-related fatigue.

At the sandpit participants will have the chance to form project teams to develop and pitch research ideas for seed funding. The best idea for each fatigue research theme will be awarded £5k to fund the successful project team to develop the idea into a full grant proposal. The proposals will then receive support to be submitted to an appropriate funder from the NCRI partnership (eg NIHR, MRC).

During the event you will receive support, encouragement and advice to develop your research ideas from our experienced sandpit panel:

  • Professor Trudie Chalder, Co-Director (King’s College London)
  • Dr Gillian Prue, Co-Director (Queens University Belfast)
  • Dr Ollie Minton, Mentor (Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Mr Jim Elliott, Consumer Mentor (NCRI Consumer Forum)
  • Dr Ian Lewis, Mentor (NCRI)

The costs of attending the event will be met by the organisers. This includes standard class travel, three nights’ accommodation (Monday to Wednesday), full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning and afternoon refreshments).

We’re looking for creative, open-minded applicants from a broad variety of relevant backgrounds and disciplines that include:

  • Researchers at all levels, including specialists in other long-term conditions keen to collaborate on cross-conditional research into fatigue
  • Healthcare professionals with an interest in fatigue
  • Consumers (patient and carer representatives) involved or looking to become involved in developing fatigue research

We regret that applicants based outside the UK are not eligible to apply.

  1. Download the Sandpit Application Form.
  2. Read the Sandpit Guidelines.
  3. Submit your completed form, your up-to-date CV, and a statement of support* from your organisation (if applicable) to

*Before applying you must ensure that you have the approval of your organisation. Your organisation must be willing and able to support any collaborative research project you are involved in as a result of the sandpit.

The application deadline: TBC

You will be notified shortly after the deadline if your sandpit application is successful. We regret that we will be unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

The event will take place: TBC

The sandpit is an intensive residential event and participants must be available to attend for the full three days of the event. If you are a clinician applying, please ensure ahead of time that you are free to attend these dates should your application be successful.

Location: UK

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