Putting our region's cancer needs first


We invite applications from researchers for projects which seek to apply and evaluate changes or improvements to existing cancer diagnosis, treatment, knowledge and understanding to a practical application.

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These projects should focus on the improvement of cancer outcomes through better treatment, service developments and/or improving the patient experience of diagnosis, treatment and living with and beyond cancer. Applications that look to inform work on the early diagnosis of cancer are encouraged.

Applications may consider:

  • Public health and cancer inequalities, including evaluation of different health markets and health service organisations
  • Prevention and education
  • Health economics and the impact of health policies/regulations
  • Cancer and ageing
  • Palliative care
  • Improving care and support for people living with and beyond cancer
  • The delivery of care and management of health services
  • Assessment of healthcare needs and measurement of outcomes
  • Early diagnosis and detection of cancer

We encourage applications that aim to improve the outcomes in cancer care for cancers that are prominent and significant to our regional population.

Applications for this funding round are open to researchers across the United Kingdom. In making their applications, researchers should consider the relevance of their application to the people of the North West of England and North Wales. This could mean overall incidence or that the particular cancer type if more common or associated with poor outcomes within the region.

Applicants may be from academic, healthcare, social care or other sectors. We encourage collaborations between institutions and NHS organisations and encourage collaborative applications within our regional footprint.

The Applied Research call accepts grant proposals of up to three years, with funding of up £250,000. Researchers should be mindful of the current resources available to NWCR. All applications will be equally considered, regardless of whether funding is requested at the higher or lower end of the funding budget.

All applications will undergo rigorous external peer and scientific review. Panel members will be made available to view once confirmed.

This funding round will close at 5pm on 21st June 2021.

Applications must be submitted in line with call guidance and appendix A if required.


Application Guidance

Please download and refer to the the guidance document when completing your application form.


Application Form

Please download the application form and appendix A, complete and submit by 21st June 2021, in a single PDF document.



Please download the application form and appendix A, complete and submit by 21st June 2021, in a single PDF document.