Available Grants

We are now inviting applications to our 2021 Innovation Grant Funding Round. These are intended to support small clinical, laboratory, and health systems research projects or pump prime new scientific enquiry for the testing of a proof-of-principle hypothesis. Successful grants will not normally exceed £25,000 and are anticipated to serve as forerunners for larger grant applications.

Strategic Aims of Cancer Research Wales

  • Help eliminate inequalities of cancer incidence & mortality
  • Improve patient outcomes through discovery & delivery of innovative treatments and strategies
  • Increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed at an early stage
  • Build clinical research capacity through embedding research into the heart of the NHS
  • Create a strong brand that is nationally known, trusted and supported

The broad remit of the call is for research that will test proof-of-concept ideas and new hypotheses within academia, the NHS, or Welsh communities in the following areas:

  • Prevention and Early Diagnosis
  • Better Treatments
  • Health Systems Research
  • Basic Cancer Science and Translational Research

The goal for this funding round is to facilitate the development of novel scientific data that will serve as a forerunner for larger grant applications, generate new evidence that has the potential to inform cancer policy and practice, and progress fresh innovations that have the potential to have a positive effect on cancer services and cancer patients during the course of the project or beyond.

We aim to fund at least 6 new research projects through this funding round.


Funding Round Opens 29th March 2021
Expression of Interest Deadline 10th May 2021 – 5.00pm (closed)
Invitations to Submit Full Applications 7th June 2021
Full Application Deadline 19th July 2021 – 5.00pm (closed)
Funding Decision October 2021

Funding round information

For more information on the research topics please download the more detailed Cancer Research Wales Innovation Grant Funding Round document.

General guidelines for all Cancer Research Wales grants can be found in the Grant Application Guidelines.

The deadline for expressions of interest (EOI) is 5.00pm on 10th May 2021. EOI applications will be assessed by the Cancer Research Wales scientific committee for strategic fit and those that pass through will be invited in June to submit a full application. The deadline for invited full applications is 5.00pm on 29th July 2021.

Final funding decisions will be made in October 2021. At all times Cancer Research Wales retains the right to be flexible with the exact dates of the staged process.

Download the Expression of Interest form here