Pancreatic Cancer and Cell and Molecular Biology: Joint Pump-Priming Grant

This call has now closed. Submitted applications are currently under review.

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. They are united through the Centre's 12 programme structure that brings together investigators working on different types of cancer, including pancreatic cancers, and research themes, such as cell and molecular biology.

The Pancreatic Cancer and Cell and Molecular Biology Programmes invite applications for joint pump-priming funding to address current issues in pancreatic cancer research.


Funds available

The joint pump-priming grant will fund up to £50,000 over a period of approximately 18 months.

Broadly speaking, the grant can be used to support staff, purchase consumables, and/or fund travel (e.g. bringing someone to the UK for research purposes). The grant cannot be used for purchasing of equipment. Further information can be found in the terms and conditions below.



Call announced Monday 18th November 2019
Application deadline 5pm, Friday 31st January 2020
Review of applications February 2020
Decisions announced Friday 28th February 2020
Projects start April 2020
Projects end Friday 31st December 2021


Applications from any discipline are welcomed, so long as the proposal has a clear relevance to pancreatic cancer research.

The lead applicant must be a member of either the Pancreatic Cancer or the Cell and Molecular Biology Programme. Priority will be given to proposals that develop new collaborations between these two Programmes:

To register to join the CRUK Cambridge Centre, please click here.


Application process

Applicants should submit their proposals using this application form.

Completed application forms should be emailed to Dr Aarthi Gopinathan, cc'ing in Dr Rhys Grant (contact details below). Applications received after the deadline of 5pm on Friday 31st January 2020 will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by a joint panel representing both the Pancreatic Cancer and the Cell and Molecular Biology Programmes (members to be announced in late January 2020). The panel may ask additional questions during the review process.

Lead applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email on Friday 28th February 2020.


Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short project report at the end of the funding period and may also be asked to give presentations at future Pancreatic Cancer Programme and/or Cell and Molecular Biology Programme events.

All purchases and claims made using the pump-priming grant must be submitted in time to be paid in full by Thursday 31st March 2022.

All unused funds will be returned to the CRUK Cambridge Centre at the end date of the project. These will then be distributed equally between the Pancreatic Cancer and the Cell and Molecular Biology Programmes.

Funds should be used in accordance with Cancer Research UK costs guidance and are subject to Cancer Research UK's general terms and conditions for research grants. Successful applicants will be expected to abide by the relevant sections of these terms.


Further information and contact details

Please send completed application forms or any queries about this call to: