Cancer Research Grants


Cancer Research Grants  : The search for the best cancer research in the world:Since our foundation in 1979, we have invested in nearly two thousand research projects from top scientists in world-renowned institutions all over the globe. Many of these projects have already improved the lives of people with cancer, and others are being developed into new tools for diagnosis and treatment. But these are difficult economic times and the demand and competition for funding has never been so tough. Hard funding decisions are made on the basis of scientific quality, innovation and the belief that the researchers can deliver on their ambitious proposals. No matter how groundbreaking these projects might be, we can’t say yes to them all. We simply do not have the funds.

In order to keep the quality of our research as high as we can, we ask that potential grantholders only submit projects, which meet our requirements. To make this process as simple as possible, we would ask all applicants to read through the following information before making an application.


Our next grant round is scheduled to open online on 16 March 2018, with the submission window opening 29 March and the submission deadline being 5pm UK time on Friday 27 April 2018. Please note that restrictions will be in place and Worldwide Cancer Research will only accept the first 500 applications submitted in the grant round. Applicants in the April 2017 grant round, whose applications failed to pass the preliminary triage review stage, will be unable to apply in the April 2018 grant round. Additionally, those projects cannot be submitted by another lead applicant. The following grant round is planned for Spring 2019.


Information to help your application:Before starting a grant application to Worldwide Cancer Research first consider all the information on this page. If you decide to apply please also read our application handbook which details our funding policies and provides instructions about how to complete your application.

What do we fund?:Our goal is to support research that might in future help reduce the incidence of cancer or improve cancer survival. We award grants to support fundamental or translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer. This remit is usually interpreted conservatively.

What do we not fund?:We do not support clinical research, including clinical trials, patient care, nursing or healthcare delivery research. We also do not support other types of applied cancer research such as policy, public health or psychosocial research.

Proposals that contain a small clinical element as an essential part of a basic or translational research project are often permitted, but you are advised to contact us at for advice before submitting your proposal. More information can also be found in our application handbook.

Who and where do we fund?: We award project grants from 12 to 36 months in length to principal investigators based at any not-for-profit research institute in the world.

The principal investigator must be a suitably qualified researcher (minimum of PhD followed by three years research experience, or equivalent qualification or research experience).

Check that your institution will accept our grant terms and conditions in the application handbook before submitting an application. These are not variable or negotiable unless they conflict with the law in your country.

Your application: If a grant is awarded, it will normally start 9-12 months after the application was submitted.

The maximum budget allowed is £250,000, but it should be noted that most of the three-year grants we award have a budget below £200,000.

The research described in the application should be a discrete, hypothesis-driven project, achievable within the duration of the support requested. Do not describe a large programme of work – for example the work of your entire laboratory – and then request a contribution towards it – for example funding one member of the laboratory or part of the consumable costs.

Deadlines to apply: 27th April 2018


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