ACED Early Career Pathway Awards

ACED Funding

ACED Early Career Pathway Awards act as a springboard for early-career researchers establishing independence by funding exceptional science in cancer early detection through collaborative research. This award aims to help early career researchers gain multidisciplinary skills, provide opportunities to obtain mentorship from researchers in the field, and to obtain preliminary data for future independent fellowship applications.

Funding is available for up to two years full time (or part time equivalent) for the applicant’s salary plus research expenses up to a maximum of £210,000 GBP

Applicants must have a PhD or be about to complete a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree). Applicants must have two co-mentors who are named Alliance Members based at different ACED Member Centres. The current list of ACED Members can be downloaded here: ACED MEMBERS APRIL 2022.xlsx. Applicants must be currently employed at or a PhD student at Cambridge University with one of the co-mentors hosting the awardee during the majority of the tenure of the award; spending time at another ACED Centre is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their multidisciplinary skills through this award. It is also recommended that one of the co-mentors is in a complementary but distinct research area to widen the Applicant’s skillset.

Applicants should read the guidelines and application form. Applications will be considered in any research area(s) listed in the ACED scientific strategy with a focus on early detection of primary cancer.

Application decisions will be announced in October 2022.

To submit an application:

You must complete a short 'intent to submit' online form as soon as possible, but at the very latest by 12 noon on Tuesday 31st May.

If you are applying to another ACED Centre to be your Host Institution, then contact the ACED Programme Manager at that Centre to discuss the finance requirements for the application form.

If you are applying for Cambridge to be your Host Institution:

  1. You must contact your Departmental finance and grants administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday 1st June to enable them to give 4 weeks’ notice to the Research Operations Office (ROO) of the application and to prepare the X5.
  2. If you are a PhD student you must speak with the Head of Department for agreement to host you if successful.
  3. You must have the X5 and final application form approved by the ROO (who require 5 working days’ notice) so you are strongly advised that your departmental grants finance and administrator submits to ROO by Monday 20th June. For information on signature requirements see the FAQ.
  4. By Monday 20th June also send your final application form to Dr Wendy Alderton (wa266@cam.ac.uk) to obtain Cambridge Member Centre Director sign off.

Completed applications must be submitted in MS Word format to Dr Wendy Alderton (wa266@cam.ac.uk) by 12 noon on Tuesday 5th July 2022 for submission to CRUK.

Relevant Links and Documents:

N.B. If you agree to co-mentor an applicant from another ACED Centre to be hosted in Cambridge:

  1. You must contact your Departmental finance and grants administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday 1st June to enable them to give 4 weeks’ notice to the Research Operations Office (ROO) of the application and to prepare the X5 on behalf of the applicant.
  2. Your Head of Department must agree to host the applicant if successful.
  3. You must have the X5 and final application form approved by the ROO (who require 5 working days’ notice) so you are strongly advised that your departmental grants finance and administrator submits to ROO by Monday 20th June.
  4. The applicant will submit their final application via their local ACED Programme manager but will require approval from ROO documented in the ‘Host Institution Approver’ signature box in section 9 of the application form. You will need to supply the applicant with the ROO approval email.

For any questions, please contact Dr Wendy Alderton (wa266@cam.ac.uk)