Research Innovation Fund

One of Pancreatic Cancer UK's contributions to tackling the issue of underfunding in pancreatic cancer research is in the form of the Research Innovation Fund.

The Fund is intended to spur creative and cutting edge ideas and approaches in pancreatic cancer, including those successful in other areas of cancer that have justifiable promise for pancreatic cancer.

We invite applications for innovative approaches to the biology, treatment and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. We are particularly interested in supporting early stage pilot projects for better non-invasive methods, especially imaging, in the early detection and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and for the identification of individuals at high risk of developing the disease. Researchers from outside the immediate field of pancreatic cancer but with innovative proposals relevant to our objectives are encouraged to apply, especially as part of a collaborative effort.

This investment forms part of our 'Smart Research" Strategy which focuses on making the most impact on saving lives, with limited resources, and also our commitment  to fund research that is truly innovative and of the highest quality.

Through the development of our Scientific Advisory Board which has membership drawn from leading scientists from across the world, we can be confident the research we fund is the best.

First round funding - 2012

To find out more about the individual grants awarded - amounting to nearly £0.5 million - in the first round of funding, please visit current projects.

Second round of applications now closed - 2013/14

The second round of the Research Innovation Fund 2013/14 is now closed and applications are in the process of being assessed. Successful awards will be announced in July 2014.

A total of £½ million is available for the second round of the Research Innovation Fund in 2013/14 Successful awards will be funded for up to £75,000 for up to 12 months, with the expectation that these will lead to and support applications for larger scale projects to national/international funding organisations.

The application process for this scheme is administered by Cancer Research UK.