Other sources of funding

This section provides a summary of potential sources of funding for Clinical Oncology trainees wishing to spend a period of time in clinical or laboratory-based research. If you are aware of other organisations that offer research funding and are not listed please let us know at

UK Organisations | US and European Organisations | Charities and disease specific organisations

OrganisationWhat's availableInvestigator requriementsValue

UK Organisations   

British Medical AssociationThrough its Board of Science, the British Medical Association offers a number of grants for medical research that is either in progress, or for prospective research. The grants clinical oncologists are most likely to be eligible for include The Gunton research grant for public health relating to cancer and The Helen H Lawson grant for research into novel health technologies.Medical practitioner or research scientist in the UKUp to £50,000

Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

CRUK offers a range of awards in basic science, clinical and education & psychosocial research to researchers working in the UK. Research Fellowships for Clinicians are advertised annually in May.All levelsVarious
Leverhulme TrustA charitable trust providing funding across all academic disciplines. Project grants are available over 5 years. Some smaller awards are also available.Flexible, predominantly post-doctoralUp to £500,000 
The Lister Institute of Preventive MedicineOne-off awards to help support new investigators in biomedical research.  The awards will not cover salary, which must be supplied from a host institution or fellowship.PhD with 3-10 years post-doctoral experience£200,000 over a five-year period. 
​Medical Research CouncilThe MRC offers a wide variety of research grants at all levels of investigator.All levelsVarious
Peel Medical Research TrustGrants towards medical research favouring the elderly, and research conducted in the North West of the UK. Minor pilot study grants and major grants available.FlexibleMinor grants £15,000, Major grants £50,000
Sir Richard Stapley Educational TrustPostgraduate awards aimed at mature students studying higher degrees or degrees in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science at a university in the UK.Support for students studying a second degree£1200 a year
Wellcome TrustSupports biomedical research and research into biomedical ethics and history of medicine research.All levelsVarious
Worldwide Cancer ResearchFunding for 12-36 months in fundamental or translational research focused on the reduction of cancer incidence or improving cancer survival.  Purely clinical research is excluded, but projects with a small clinical component may be considered.PhD plus 3 years of post-doctoral experienceUp to £250,000

US and European funding bodies

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)The AACR offers post-doctoral and clinical fellowships, some of which are open to international applications.PhDVarious
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)ASTRO funds research in radiation biology, cancer biology and radiation physics. Funding opportunities are available for junior faculty and residents. VariousVarious
International Union against Cancer (UICC)The UICC Fellowships Programme provides 1-12 month fellowships abroad, focused on exchanging skills and knowledge.FlexibleUp to $10,000
National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health Proposals are invited for research in a wide range of areas.VariousVarious
World Cancer Research FundWCRF International invites applications for grants to fund research into the effects of food, nutrition and physical activity on the origins, causes and prevention of cancer. Preference is given to applications that address the dietary and research recommendations of the WCRF/AICR expert report (www.dietandcancerreport.org).Check individual callCheck individual call

Charities - disease specific

CORE - Digestive Disorders FoundationCORE offers various awards for research into digestive diseases, including cancer of the GI tract.  They offer 3 year fellowships to cover salary and costs.Contact for detailsSalary and costs
The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust grantsThe Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust funds research into cancer in the age group 13-24, the Trust must have assurance that research will involve NO animal testing.Contact for details
Neuroblastoma SocietyGrants are normally awarded to UK based investigators for projects of two to three years.Contact for details 
The Brain Tumour CharityProject grants for up to 3 years for research into any area of neuro-oncology. They also partner with the MRC to offer Clinical Research Training Fellowships which are applied for via the MRC.Contact for details 
Breast Cancer Research TrustOffer support for projects preferably related to early diagnosis, prevention or primary treatment. Contact for detailsUp to £10,000 p.a. for 1-3 years 
Breast Cancer Now

Offers various awards for research into risk and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer.

British Lung Foundation GrantsGrants for a period of up to three years providing up to £120,000 for clinical, laboratory and epidemiological research. 
Trevor Clay Memorial Grants (up to £15,000) are available to support practical research.
The principal applicant should be employed by a recognised UK research centre.Up to £120,000 for up to 3 years
Roy Castle Lung Cancer FoundationPilot grants for up to £25,000 over a year, project grants up to 2 years at £75,000 a year.Contact for detailsVarious
Prostate Cancer FoundationA variety of awards in basic and/or clinical research from post-doctoral funding to larger project grants.Post-doctoralVarious
Kay Kendall Leukaemia FundThe KKLF Fellowship Programme offers junior and intermediate fellowships for work in haematological malignancy, with opportunities for clinical research training fellowshipsJunior and intermediate fellowshipsContact for details
Elimination of Leukaemia Fund (ELF)Applications are invited for project grants in haemato-oncology. Please contact the charity directly prior to applying.Contact for details 

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