Cancer Research UK has launched a new grant scheme for research aimed at advancing our understanding of brain tumours and the challenges translating discoveries into treatments.
The Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards have been launched in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity. Research teams can now apply for grants up to £10 million for each project over five years. Up to £18 million will be awarded in the first round.
Dr Iain Foulkes, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of research and innovation, said: “We urgently need new insights and treatments to tackle brain tumours to improve survival. We want to attract and inspire the research community to accelerate progress for a disease that has seen few treatment options developed for patients and consequently little change in survival.”
These are the largest awards specifically designed for brain tumour research in the UK, which encourage multidisciplinary approaches from scientists. Applications are welcomed on six major themes:
Unlocking new insights into brain tumours using neuroscience
This theme aims to harness neuroscience to help to expand our knowledge of how brain tumours begin and progress.
Unpicking brain tumours’ biology to design more effective drugs
This theme seeks to address the knowledge gap in tumour genetics which could lead to the discovery of new targets for treatments, and the development of drugs against them.
Exploiting the brain tumour environment to make better treatments
This theme is about gaining a deep understanding of the cells and tissues around the tumour and the blood-brain barrier to inform the development of new ways to detect and treat the disease.
Developing more accurate ways to study brain tumours
The aim of this theme is to develop better ways to study brain tumours in the lab, to accelerate the translation of research from bench to bedside.
Improving brain tumour diagnosis to make treatment more personal
This theme seeks to develop a more precise way of classifying brain tumours, which will help improve clinical trials and treatment decisions.
Develop kinder treatments for brain tumours
This challenge aims to make treatments kinder for patients with less aggressive brain tumours, lowering the risk of side effects and improving quality of life.
You'll need to submit an outline application which the Expert Review Panel will use to decide whether to invite you to submit a full application. CRUK suggest applicants should contact Dr Safia Danovi Senior Research Funding Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two months before the 6 September submission deadline.