Fellowship / research funding
Funding amountSalaries and running expenses and equipment for you and up to two posts. You may choose from a postdoc, a technician and/or a (non-clinical) PhD studentThe Career Development Fellowship supports new group leaders who do not have a salaried independent position to establish their own independent research group.
Applications are considered from any area of our funding remit, with the exception of clinical trials and drug discovery.
- Have space and facilities to run an independent research group
- Be able to demonstrate that you meet the range of skills and experience as outlined in the ‘establishing independence’ career stage in our Fellowships Competency Framework
You should not have:
- A core-funded Group Leader position at one of our Institutes*
Some other locations are not eligible; please contact us before starting your application to check your host institution is covered.
If your salary is fully funded by your host institution you may be eligible to apply for a Career Establishment Award. If you are a clinician, please consider our funding opportunities for clinical academic career development.
Career breaks, flexible working, changes in discipline and other personal circumstances will be taken into consideration when assessing your record of outputs, research achievements and career progression.
*You may apply to hold a Fellowship at a CRUK Institute provided that you are not in receipt of core funding concurrently to the Fellowship.
Funding support is provided for up to six years, or equivalent duration for part-time working.
We're very supportive of part-time working and for a Career Development Fellowship we expect at least 0.5 FTE or 80% of your working hours, whichever is greater, to be spent on academic research. Find out more about how we support part-time working and extended leave in our flexible working policies.
Funding will cover:
- Your salary.
- Salaries and running expenses for up to two posts. You may choose from a postdoctoral researcher, a technician and/or a (non-clinical) PhD student.
- Associated running expenses
- Equipment costs up to £25,000
- Relocation costs up to £1,000 if you wish to take up your fellowship at a new host institution (see application guidelines for more details)
An annual salary enhancement of £6,500 is paid each year of the funding period.
Our fellowships offer a range of benefits beyond funding, including access to networking and training opportunities, flexible working policies and an accelerated route through the Tier 1 visa system.
Applications for this scheme are now considered twice a year, and the application process has three stages:
- Preliminary application: reviewed and shortlisted by the New Investigator Committee.
- Full application: peer-reviewed by international experts and reviewed and shortlisted by the New Investigator Committee.
- Interview: a 35 minute interview carried out by the New Investigator Committee.
You must read:
The New Investigator Committee will judge your application on:
- Scientific quality and originality: your proposal must have a strong scientific rationale.
- Cancer relevance: value of the proposed work in advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer or improving how cancer is diagnosed and/or treated.
- Your track record and potential to produce outstanding results.
- Suitability and strength of your research environment and collaborators: access to resources and facilities required for the fulfillment of the Career Development Fellowship.
The Committee will also consider how closely your research aligns with the priorities laid out in our Research Strategy, including earlier detection and harder-to-treat cancers (brain, lung, oesophageal and pancreatic cancers).
Applications are assessed by international peer review and final funding decisions are made by the
Cancer Research UK contact details
If you have questions about the eligibility of your proposal for this scheme, or require any assistance with your application, please contact the relevant funding manager.
Research Funding Manager
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