Prevention and Population Research Project Awards

The Prevention and Population Research Awards provide support for focused research proposals centred on key questions in prevention and population research.

Funding Webinar

On Wednesday 6th October at 2pm, we will be hosting a funding webinar highlighting the Prevention and Population Research Committee's remit, opportunities, example of recent funded awards and relevant funding policies and an opportunity to ask us questions too. If you want to hear more or are considering applying for funding in near please do sign up here.

Amount and duration

Awards are typically made up to £500k for up to 3 years*: The award can be used for:

  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • Technical staff
  • Associated running costs
  • Equipment where fully justified for the project

The Award cannot be used to fund your own salary, or the salaries of any named co-investigator or collaborator, except as set out in our policy on funding investigator salaries.

*Project Awards can be shorter or longer than 3 years and the funding request can vary, provided requests are well-justified and based on strong scientific rationale. If you'd like to apply for more than 3 years of funding or more than £500,000 total funding, you must contact us to discuss this before you start an application.


Applicants should:

  • Be a research scientist with relevant research experience
  • Be based at a UK university, hospital or research institution

Scientific remit

PPRC Project Awards can be awarded in one or more of the following areas:

  • Population-based studies, including classical, clinical and molecular epidemiological approaches, to help understand risk and disease aetiology, and to test and validate strategies to improve the prevention and control of cancer in patients and the public.
  • Incidence rates of cancer, including changes over time and geographies. Investigation into the changes in cancer survival, driven by risk factors or other relevant factors.
  • Methodological and statistical research relating to prevention and population sciences.
  • Population-level epidemiological studies of secondary physical effects of cancer treatment.
  • Screening as a form of prevention, including population-level trials of screening approaches.
  • Risk stratification and associated cancer prevention studies, including identification of high-risk groups for whom preventative interventions would be beneficial and in which preventative intervention research could be conducted.
  • Exploratory and confirmatory clinical trials seeking to test the efficacy and safety of chemopreventive agents.
  • Behavioural and lifestyle interventions to support prevention of cancer, including cancer recurrence, across a range of risk factors, which may include tobacco, alcohol, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity and UV exposure (individual or population level).
  • Policy-focused research to help develop Cancer Research UK’s policies and advocacy strategies concerning cancer prevention, including policy research on tobacco control.


  1. Contact the office for an informal and confidential discussion of your research proposal. We will advise you on your eligibility and funding options.
  2. Submit your application through our online grants management system. Your final application must be approved online by your host institution. Your application will be peer-reviewed by experts and you will have the opportunity to respond to comments.
  3. Your application will be considered by the Prevention and Population Research Committee.

Deadlines and selection procedures

The deadline for submitting outline applications 15th December 2021.

The Committee review is in May 2022.

You must read the full application guidelines. Please contact the office for guidance and you must contact the office to discuss eligibility and the suitability of your research proposal.

Please click here for more information about the Project Award and the application process and for contact details of the Research Funding Managers.