LWBC research funding opportunities

Updated August 2019. Please check regularly for new information.

Sarcoma UK

Type: Roger Wilson Research Award

Period:  Up to 3 years

Deadline: 3pm, Thursday 15 August 2019

Research areas: The Roger Wilson Themed call is seeking applications which focus on research that answers one of the identified Living With and Beyond Cancer research priorities for sarcoma patients.

For enquiries about this award please contact research@sarcoma.org.uk.

» Visit Sarcoma UK for more information.


Type: Project grants

Amount: Up to £250,000

Period: Up to 3 years

Deadline: 5 September 2019

Research area: Relevant to blood cancer, and people living with and beyond blood cancer.

For enquiries please contact the research team at research@bloodwise.org.uk.

» Visit Bloodwise research funding page for more information.

Cancer Research UK

Population Research Committee (PRC)

Type: Project Awards

Amount: Flexible, typically up to £100,000 per year

Period: Flexible, typically up to 3 years

Deadline: 14 November 2019

Research areas:

  • Cancer aetiology
  • Early diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Behavioural research
  • Cancer prevention
  • Statistics and methodology

Potential areas of overlap between the LBWC research priorities and PRC remit:

  • Epidemiological studies looking at long-term side-effects, late-effects of cancer/cancer treatment if also looking at differences in overall mortality/survival. Relevant LWBC research priorities: 5, 6, 10.
  • Epidemiological studies looking at the effect of co-morbidities on cancer survival. Relevant LWBC research priority: 3.
  • Behavioural interventions to improve cancer survival, reduce cancer progression or reduce cancer recurrence. Relevant LWBC research priorities: 9, 11, 15.
  • Investigation of perceptions of cancer by minority ethnic groups, if perceptions shown to affect health-seeking behaviours (e.g. attendance at screening, vaccination uptake) and the aim of the project is to improve health-seeking behaviours. Relevant LWBC research priority: 23.
  • Study of follow-up approaches to detect cancer recurrence (e.g. to inform strategies for prevention of recurrence or early diagnosis of recurrence). Relevant LWBC research priority: 25.
  • See also ‘Current opportunities to catalyze research in nutrition and cancer prevention – an interdisciplinary perspective’. This new article (open access) in BMC Medicine outlines the gaps and opportunities in nutrition and cancer research, which includes the area of Diet After Cancer Diagnosis, that were identified by the Cancer Research UK and Ludwig Cancer Research Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Collaborative Group.

To enquire about the PRC Project Awards and other funding opportunities, contact prc@cancer.org.uk.

» Visit CRUK Population Research Committee Project Awards page for more information.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Type: GCRF Global Multimorbidity – Seed-funding

Amount: Up to £200,000

Period: Up to 18 months

Deadline: Expression of interest by 10 September 2019 and application by 9 October 2019

Research areas: The GCRF global multimorbidity seed-funding call is an MRC initiative that has been developed in collaboration with Wellcome, NIHR, and AMS. The call will support seed-funding projects that develop and test innovative ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build capacity, and lay the groundwork for future large-scale activity aimed at understanding and tackling multimorbidity in LMICs. Applications are particularly encouraged from Principal Investigators (PIs) based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.

NOTE: The research must be primarily aimed at tackling multimorbidity in LMICs. UK or HIC-focused applications are not eligible for this call and will be rejected prior to review. If the PI is based in the UK, there must be clear partnership with, and scientific leadership from, Co-Is based in the LMIC(s) where the project will take place.

» Visit the MRC funding page for more information.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – themed calls

Themed calls are funding opportunities focussing on a particular research area in which all NIHR programmes participate. Current themed calls relevant to LWBC research priorities include the following.

Complex health and care needs in older people

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes:

  • Frailty
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health
  • Patient-centred decision making

NOTE: This theme is now part of the Frailty themed call.

Relevant LWBC research priorities: 1, 2, 3

Chronic pain

As chronic pain is itself a major contributor to the burden of ill health and to long term conditions, the NIHR has initiated a new focus for research into this important issue.

Relevant LWBC research priority: 8

Latest programme deadlines:

» Visit the NIHR themed calls page for further information.

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Type: Clinical Pioneer Awards

Amount: Up to £50,000

Period: Up to 12 months

Research area: The Clinical Pioneer Awards scheme is a new way of funding for Pancreatic Cancer UK. The scheme was set up to support research into issues and priority areas that affect patients and carers currently living with pancreatic cancer. It also seeks to support research into practical interventions to tackle early diagnosis.

The Clinical Pioneers Award scheme is an opportunity for clinicians and non-clinicians (for example qualitative research academics or technology developers) who have innovative project ideas that are focused on interventions within the clinical or community setting to improve diagnosis, treatment and care, quality of life or experience for pancreatic cancer patients or carers to receive funding.

Deadline: Call opening soon – summer 2019.

For enquiries relating to this fund, please email research@pancreaticcancer.org.uk or call the research team on 020 7820 6705.

» Visit the Pancreatic Cancer UK Clinical Pioneer Awards page for further information.

The Brain Tumour Charity

Type: Quality of Life Awards

Amount: Up to £300,000

Period: Up to 3 years

Deadline: 2 September 2019

Research area: To increase understanding and minimise the impact of brain tumours on those affected.

For enquiries email research@thebraintumourcharity.org or call 01252 418190.

» Visit the Brain Tumour Charity research funding page for further information.

World Cancer Research Fund International

Type: Investigator initiated grants and seed grants

Amount: Up to £350,000

Period: Up to 4 years

Deadline: 7 October 2019

Research area: The World Cancer Research Fund International grant programme groups research into two themes – cancer prevention and cancer survivors. The cancer survivors theme encourages broad research into causal links between diet, nutrition (including body composition), physical activity and outcomes after cancer diagnosis, as robust evidence on this is still lacking.

» Visit the World Cancer Research Fund International funding page for further information.

For enquiries contact research@wcrf.org or call 020 7343 4200.


Contact lwbc@ncri.org.uk for further LWBC research funding queries.