ACED Pilot Funding Award

Eligibility: Applicants must be named Alliance Members and Group Leader/PI or equivalent at the University of Cambridge. The proposal must be within the scientific remit of the Alliance and they must be in collaboration with at least one other ACED Centre.
Funding amount: Up to £200k
Funding period: Up to 12 months
Submission deadline - see diagram below

ACED Funding call flowchart

Click here for the ACED Pilot Funding Award Guidance
Click here for the ACED Pilot Funding Award application form

The application process is the same for all ACED grant types: Pilot, Project EoI, invited full Projects and Skills Exchange and Development Travel awards. Please read the FAQs. These are referred to in the text below.

A. Read the guidelines for the scheme that you are applying for. Note that Project Awards have a two-stage process: initial Expression of Interest followed by a full application if successful.

B. Complete the intent to submit online form at least one month in advance of the submission deadline (i.e. by 7th November 2020, 15th February 2021 or 17th August 2021).

C. At the same time, alert your departmental grants and finance administrator that you will be submitting an ACED grant as they will need to inform the ROO, who are currently requiring 4 week alerts on all grant submissions. See FAQ 3 on the X5.

D. By 5pm on the day of the deadline, send finalised application form to your grants/finance administrator for submission of this and your completed X5 to ROO. At the same time submit the application from to Wendy Alderton (

for review by Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald. Signatures from your co-Leads should be in place at this time.

E. You will also need to read the Briefing note and complete a Due Diligence checklist for each ACED grant being submitted and send it to Wendy Alderton ( by the same deadline day.

F. If you are Lead Applicant #1 ensure your co-Leads are obtaining appropriate host institutional approvals as required. When you receive approval of your X5 and application by ROO send this email to Wendy Alderton. Send the final form with all signatures in place and letters of support if required to Wendy Alderton (either pdf or word) before the deadline for submission to CRUK shown in the table below. If you are Lead Applicant #2, or #3 then notify lead Applicant #1 that host institution support is obtained so they can complete their form. See FAQ4 on signatures.

G. The Programme Manager of the Lead Applicant #1 ACED Member Centre will then submit the final application to CRUK.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Wendy Alderton, ( Early Detection Programme Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1223 762588