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Cancer Research UK's new funding scheme to nurture future world-leading scientists
Date:7/2/2014

A NEW funding scheme will support mid-career scientists looking to take the next steps in their careers, at a point when funding opportunities can be limited.

Cancer Research UK's Programme Foundation Award* will bridge the gap for researchers who have the potential to be the next world-leaders in cancer research but not yet at the level to compete with senior scientists for Cancer Research UK's Programme Awards the largest award Cancer Research UK makes to research groups.

This award is the first of Cancer Research UK's increased investment in research announced as part of its new research strategy.

The Programme Foundation Award will provide funding of up to 1.5 million over six years. The funding will cover staff salaries, PhD students, running costs and equipment. Typically a researcher will have around eight to 14 years post-doctoral experience when applying for the award.

Dr Iain Foulkes, Cancer Research UK's executive director of strategy and research funding, said: "Researchers are vital for what we do we rely on their curiosity, passion and questioning to make the breakthroughs that will help more people survive cancer. But for many years there has been a 'missing link' in funding schemes to take researchers from the early stages in their career to being the leading stars of cancer research. The Programme Foundation Award will bridge this gap."

Cancer Research UK is also changing the eligibility criteria for another of its awards the Career Establishment Award. This will now support researchers for six years, rather than five, meaning that there are funding opportunities for scientists at all stages of their careers with holders of the Career Establishment Awards expected to progress onto the Programme Foundation Award.

Supporting researchers at all stages of their careers has long been at the heart of Cancer Research UK's work with over 35 million spent each year helping to develop the re
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Contact: Simon Shears
simon.shears@cancer.org.uk
44-203-469-8054
Cancer Research UK
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