CRUK Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Award

Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Awards fund science to drive transformational change in how and when early cancers and pre-cancerous states are diagnosed.

Amount and duration

Awards are typically made up to £500k* for up to 3 years, or 4 years when funding a PhD, and may be used to fund:

  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • PhD students (stipend, fees and running expenses)
  • Technical staff
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment

*The budgetary limit is indicative. Requests in excess of this should be discussed with the CRUK Research Grants office before submission.


Applicants should:

  • Have some postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
  • Be scientists, clinicians or healthcare workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals or research institutes.

Multi-institutional proposals are welcome and awards can be held across institutions in the UK. Supporting roles (co-applicants/collaborators) from international and commercial organisations are welcome.

Scientific remit

Early detection and diagnosis (ED&D) research seeks to detect and diagnose consequential precancerous changes and cancer at the earliest possible point at which an intervention might be made, reducing the burden of late-stage disease.

ED&D projects will support discovery and translational/clinical research which is mindful of the clinical and population context.

For more information about the remit of the award, please click here.


  1. It is strongly recommended to contact the CRUK Early Detection office for an informal and confidential discussion of your proposal. You will be advised on eligibility, remit and funding options.
  2. Submit an application via the application system. The final application must be approved online by your host institution.
  3. Your application will be considered by the Early Detection Research Committee.

Deadlines and selection procedures

The deadline for submitting proposals is 22 June 2022. Please click here for more information about the Project Award and the application process and for contact details of the Research Funding Managers.