Our open call applications involve a two stage process, starting with an expression of interest. Projects will be reviewed against our research strategy, and those which meet our funding criteria will be invited to submit a full application.
Before completing an expression of interest form, please ensure you have read our research strategy and guidelines for applicants.
Overview of Research Grants and Application Process
Cancer Research Wales provides grants for cancer research which must be carried out in Wales. We particularly encourage applications from scientists at an early stage in their career, who are looking for funding for higher degrees, and wish to pursue a career in cancer research.
Principal investigators must hold a tenured position within a Welsh University, or hold a consultancy-level post within a Welsh NHS Institute. Less senior appointees may be included as co-investigators or collaborators.
All applications are subjected to a rigorous, external peer review by recognised experts in the particular area of research. Normally applications are only considered for potential funding when external referees rate the project as outstanding or forefront. Please note Cancer Research Wales cannot guarantee that all applications will be funded, even if a high rating is obtained.
These awards provide support for a defined piece of cancer research to be carried out within a host Welsh University or Hospital. Funding for successful PhD applications will not exceed £100,000 over 3 years.
The objectives of the grant application should be driven by a clear hypothesis and achieved within the specified timescale of the grant.
Two levels of project grant will be available. These will provide funding to undertake a defined piece of post-doctoral level cancer research that must be carried out in Wales. Projects should be 1 to 3 years in duration. The objectives of the grant application should be driven by a clear hypothesis and achieved within the specified timescale of the grant.
Level 1 (Early Career Development Fellowships):
These grants will provide support for the promising post-doctoral scientists to accelerate their research careers beyond their PhD studies. Successful grants will not exceed £150,000 and will have satisfied the competitive external peer review process.
Level 2 Project Grant:
In exceptional circumstances, a higher level of funding may be made available for high impact research that has the potential to quickly bridge the translational gap and have clinical impact. Normally, these grants will only be made available for the continuation of research previously funded by Cancer Research Wales. Successful grants will not exceed £300,000 and will have satisfied the competitive external peer review process.
Any investigator looking to apply for a level 2 project grant should first discuss the project with the science projects and research communications manager to assess eligibility.
Clinical Research Fellowships (PhD)
These awards provide support for a defined piece of cancer research to be carried out by clinicians leading to the qualification of PhD when supervised by an established researcher within a host Welsh University or NHS research facility.
Funding for successful applications will not exceed £240,000 and will cover tuition fees, salary, consumables and travel costs. As with our other grants, the primary applicant must hold a tenured position at a Welsh university, or consultant level post at a Welsh NHS institution.
These grants are intended to support small projects for the testing of a specified hypothesis within the field of basic, translational or clinical cancer research. Successful grants will not exceed £20,000 and are anticipated to serve as forerunners for larger grant applications.
Please note, Cancer Research Wales will not support consumable-only grants for existing projects.
The programme grant scheme may provide long-term support to a research team for, multidisciplinary cancer specific research where the aim is to answer an interrelated set of hypotheses. They are awarded to established lead researchers with an outstanding scientific track record and are generally held for five years. They are awarded following strict peer review. The award is initially for 3 years and its continuance within that time frame will be subject to receiving satisfactory internal peer review of annual progress reports. The continuance of the funding for the final 2 years will be subject to receiving a satisfactory external peer reviewed interim progress report.
Applicants wishing to apply for a full Programme Grant Award must first submit an outline proposal to Cancer Research Wales for evaluation. All outline proposals will be first assessed by by the Cancer Research Wales Scientific committee. If the outline proposal is accepted the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal which will be sent for external peer review. Successful grants will not normally exceed £1M.
The call for the current Programme Grant Award has now closed. Information and dates for future Programme Grant Awards will appear on the website when they become available.
These grants provide core funds for one to five years for various managed consortia and partnerships, and for supporting more diverse groupings of researchers. The Partnership Grant should add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from Cancer Research Wales and other funders.
The partnership will be between Cancer Research Wales and a recognised Welsh academic institution, normally a university or an NHS research institution. Each partner will provide 50% of the total grant funding which in total will not exceed £100,000 for PhD studentships; £150,000 for level 1 Project Grants; £300,00 for level 2 Project Grants; and £240,000 for Clinical PhD Fellowships.
Any investigator looking to apply for a Partnership Grant should first discuss the project with the science projects and research communications manager.
For more information, please contact either:
Dr Lee Campbell, Science Projects and Research Communications Manager Lee.Campbell@wales.nhs.uk, or
Dr Bethany Routley, Science Projects and Research Communications Officer, on Bethany.Routley@wales.nhs.uk.