External Funding Opportunities

We aim to summarise funding opportunities of interest to our members - if you want to us to advertise any such opportunities please contact Eva McClean

Disclaimer:  Whilst we try to keep this up to date all of these funding opportunities are from external sources so it is important that you check with them for the latest information. 


EPSRC NanoPrime Funding

The next deadline to apply for some NanoPrime funding is Friday 28th December. 

Grants of up to £15k are available and academics at all stages are eligible incl postdocs. 

For full details look here:


Funding opportunities from Cancer Research UK

Multidisciplinary approaches are becoming increasingly important for driving progress in the cancer research field – therefore our funding schemes reflect this and we’re actively looking to attract physicists and engineers to apply to us with their research ideas.  These funding schemes include:

Early Detection Programme Award and Project Award

The early detection of cancer is an area of strategic priority for CRUK – expanding research in the early detection field offers the potential for transformational improvements in patient outcomes and survival. CRUK recently launched two new funding schemes to focus the cancer research community – and to bring in those working in other disciplines (including the physical sciences and engineering) – to make progress in this challenging area of research.

Grand Challenge

Now in its second year, CRUK's Grand Challenge is the most ambitious cancer research grant in the world - a series of £20m awards seeking international, multi-disciplinary teams willing to take on the toughest challenges in cancer - providing the freedom to try novel approaches, at scale, in the pursuit of life changing discoveries. An independent advisory panel have set 8 new Grand Challenges and are inviting the world's top scientists to come together proposing novel ways to tackle them.  Round 2 applications have closed now but do check the website for more updates.

Multidisciplinary Project Award

This scheme, co-funded by the EPSRC, supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering/physical science disciplines.

Pioneer Award

Our Pioneer Award offers £200,000 to encourage innovative ideas from any discipline that could be groundbreaking in tackling cancer. The Award backs higher-risk, truly novel ideas that have the potential to be transformative in understanding, preventing, diagnosing or treating cancer.


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