Neuro-oncology Programme Pump Prime Funds 2020-2021


Neuro-Oncology Collaborative Pump Prime funds from the CRUK Cambridge Centre 2020-2021

Outline of call

The Neuro-Oncology Programme at the CRUK Cambridge Centre are inviting applications for pump prime funding to address current issues in brain and CNS cancers.

The mission of the CRUK Cambridge Centre is to end death and disease caused by cancer through research, treatment and education. More than 700 laboratory researchers and physicians are pursuing this mission and are united through a 12 programme structure that brings together investigators working on different types of cancer, including brain tumours.

Research within the Neuro-oncology programme is focused on understanding the different types of brain tumours that develop in both adults and children, finding the most effective ways of diagnosing brain tumours as early as possible, developing new treatments and monitoring how tumours are responding to treatment as well as the ongoing impact on patients and their quality of life. The programme works to promote strong links between research labs and clinicians and to facilitate contributions to clinical trials and other collaborative projects. Examples of the programme’s current work and a list of members is available at

Applications must be led by a Junior Group Leader/postdoctoral researcher and include collaborations between two different Institutions or University Departments. Applications led by Programme members are encouraged. Enquiries about becoming a member of the Neuro-Oncology Programme should be directed to

Funds can be used to support staff, consumables and/or travel (e.g. bringing someone to the UK to visit or for collaborative meetings) but cannot be used for purchasing equipment.

Projects focusing on either adult or paediatric tumours covering pre-clinical and clinical research will be accepted.

Funds available

Applications for up to £12,000 over one year will be accepted.


Call announced October 2019
Application deadline Friday 6th December 2019
Review of applications December - January 2020
Decisions announced February 2020
Projects start Latest March 2020
Projects end Latest March 2021

Application process

All applicants should submit their application using the application form and send to Gill Currie ( by the deadline of COP on Friday 6th December.

All applications will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

Programme Committee Members: Richard Mair, Raj Jena, Stephen Price, Sarah Jefferies.


Successful applicants will be required to submit a short project report at the end of the funding period.

All unused funds will be returned to the Neuro-Oncology Programme at the end date of the project.

Funds will be issued in line with CRUK cost guidance.

Further information

Please send any queries about this call to