ASTRA2 funding



The Access to patient Samples for Translational Research Awards (ASTRA2) are intended to build capacity in research that uses biological samples.  All cancer researchers in Wales, irrespective of field of study, seniority and geographical location will be able to apply for funding of up to £25,000 in this second phase of the programme funded by Cancer Research Wales.

Funds will be awarded to support sample and data collection via the Wales Cancer Bank and for the associated downstream analysis costs.  Applications are encouraged from collaborative projects, activity which makes the best use of individual samples and/or the collection(s) as a whole, and/or former WCB Pilot Projects are also encouraged.

Applications will be judged by an independent, expert panel on scientific merit, feasibility of sample access, and potential future patient impact.

The application process is a two stage process:

  1. Expression of Interest – two page form to assess sample/data availability and/or feasibility of collection

Deadline: 12pm on 1st November 2019

WCB will provide feedback and a sample costing between 4th and 15th November 2019

  1. Full application – Application form supplied with feedback and costing arising from EOI

WCB costing MUST accompany application form

Deadline: 5pm on 13th December 2019

Outcome to be communicated by the end of January 2020

Successful projects expected to commence in February 2020.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of funding prior to submitting an EOI.


Download the Terms and Conditions of funding here

Download the Expression of Interest form here


Further information

Requests for further information on the two stage application process and informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Richard Clarkson (

If you would like to use the Wales Cancer Bank to access samples, please email:

For more information on the Wales Cancer Bank, please go to: