Cambridge Early Detection Pump Priming Award 2019

The vision of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection programme, launched in 2016, is to increase survival from cancer and improve quality of life through early detection and intervention. One of the Programme’s strengths arises from the multidisciplinary nature of the research undertaken. However, we have identified some research areas that are not currently covered by our Programme and are inviting members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre to submit project proposals for a 2019 Pump Priming award to address these gaps.

The three areas are:

  • Health Economics of Early Cancer Detection
  • Public Health Policy or Public Perception of Risk in Early Cancer Detection
  • Application of Digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Early Detection of Cancer

Amount and duration
One award of up to £50k will be available, tenable for either one or two years. Funds will be used for salaries, consumables and/or key equipment. The awards are expected to support data that will lay the ground for future funding from other sources.

The award will be made at the end of March 2019 to commence in April 2019 and all recruitment is expected to be completed in a timely fashion to avoid delays.

The proposals should fall under one of the areas of unmet research need in the Early Detection Programme as outlined above. Multidisciplinary projects with contributions from different investigators are particularly welcome.

Applicants should be members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre. If your research is cancer-related and you are not a member of the Cambridge Centre, please sign up here.

All project proposals must be submitted using the application form. The project description should be limited to 1000 words and should identify clearly outline its relevance to the Early Detection Programme. The project should be submitted with your name and Departmental /Institutional affiliation, the names of the team members and their Departmental /Institutional affiliation, the type of idea that will be generated and can support future funding, and potential sources of future funding. All applications should be emailed to by Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Deadlines and selection procedures
The deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on 3rd March 2019. Final decisions will be published by the end of March. The review committee may ask additional questions of the PI or team members during the evaluation process.

Please contact Catherine Atkins ( with any queries about the intent of the grants or the process of submission or evaluation.

Early Detection Programme award Selection committee

Prof Antonis Antoniou

Dr Sarah Bohndiek

Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald

Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam

Dr Fiona Walter