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Worldwide Cancer Research Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists for
Innovative Research Projects Related to Cancer

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Worldwide Cancer Research

Deadline Date:

04/02/21 5:00 PM British Local Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists at nonprofit institutions for medical research related to cancer prevention and treatment. Funding is intended to support innovative and creative projects that demonstrate high level of scientific quality and transformative impact.

Worldwide Cancer Research is looking for innovative and truly novel ideas that have the potential to revolutionize understanding of cancer and how to beat it. Project grants are awarded to support basic, fundamental or translational research into the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Research is welcomed that draws on epidemiological, behavioral and clinical data to provide a starting point for a new avenue of research. Multidisciplinary or discipline-hopping projects are encouraged where this helps stimulate innovation.

Worldwide Cancer Research seeks:

  • Starting new ideas: innovative research that takes intellectual risks. That means helping researchers turn their bold idea into reality. And if there’s a risk of failure, Worldwide Cancer Research is willing to take it, if the rewards for success are worth it.
  • Exciting and creative: Worldwide Cancer Research is looking for ideas that excite. The ones that make us go, “I wish I had thought of that”. They are looking for proposals with a creative approach to answering fundamental questions that could change how we think about cancer. Often these are ideas that other funders may overlook.
  • Scientific quality: Worldwide Cancer Research wants to see the most exciting and creative new ideas, but they are also responsible stewards of its supporters’ donations.  Worldwide Cancer Research needs to see robust scientific reasoning and appropriate solid methodology to back it up. The aims of a project should be feasible with the time and resources requested, and with the expertise of the research team.
  • Transformative impact: Worldwide Cancer Research supports blue-sky thinking in research and wants to direct funding towards projects that could transform an area of cancer research or one day have a major impact on the lives of people with cancer. While impact on cancer patients is a priority for Worldwide Cancer Research and its supporters, they recognise that important discoveries take time to bear fruit and that it may be many years before the research leads to lives saved or improved.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159227

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Project grants are 12 to 36 months in length. Successful applications submitted to the March 2021 grant round will be offered a grant starting from 1 January 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The principal investigator on the application must be a suitably qualified researcher (minimum of PhD followed by three years research experience, or equivalent qualification or research experience). Grants are awarded to principal investigators based at any not-for-profit research institute in the world.

The PI must be employed at a recognised, non-profit research institution. Honorary contracts and emeritus positions are usually acceptable. Researchers at commercial, forprofit organisations e.g. biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies cannot apply for a grant. It is also not permitted for a research institution to transfer Worldwide Cancer Research grant funds to a commercial organisation except for payment for specific services, items and reagents used in the project. This includes transferring money to spin-out companies from the laboratory or institute.

Worldwide Cancer Research does not support clinical research, including clinical trials, patient care, nursing or healthcare delivery research. They 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 Worldwide Cancer Research.

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Pre-Application Information:

For the March 2021 round, applications must be submitted by 17:00hrs (British Local Time) on Friday 2 April 2021.

If you have issues getting approval from your authorising officer due to shutdowns please make contact well before the deadline.

If your grant application is successful, you can expect your funding to start approximately 9-12 months from the submission date.

Worldwide Cancer Research cannot guarantee to respond before the grant deadline to any queries sent less than 48 hours before the deadline.

Applicants must register on the Worldwide Cancer Research grant system, which can be found

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Please send all queries to the Research Funding team email address:
If you wish to speak with someone urgently, the main office number is +44 (0)300 777 7910.

Worldwide Cancer Research
1st Floor, Canning Exchange
10 Canning Street
Edinburgh EH3 8EG

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