Research Innovation Fund

Research Innovation Fund

One of our contributions to tackling the issue of underfunding in pancreatic cancer research is in the form of the Research Innovation Fund.

Currently less than 1.5% of cancer research funding is directed towards pancreatic cancer. We want to tackle the issue of under-funding into pancreatic cancer through our Research Innovation Fund.

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

The Research Innovation Fund was set up to stimulate new ideas in light of very limited success in pancreatic cancer research to date. The awards are intended to support pilot work that will put the researchers in a better position to apply for larger grants with us or other research funders to take their work to the next stage. This approach is distinctive as it is often difficult for researchers to get funding for new ideas without a certain level of data. Funding like this, which allows a researcher to investigate a new direction for research, may make the difference in finding new pieces of the puzzle, leading to a better understanding of pancreatic cancer.

Our Research Innovation Fund awards can be split into three areas of research: Early diagnosis projects, personalised treatment and improving the chances of treatment success. Find out more about specific projects in each area by clicking the links below.

To see where the Research Innovation Fund awards are taking place, see our research map

If you are a researcher and wish to apply for a Research Innovation Fund grant you can do so here

Early diagnosis projects

These researchers' projects aim to make earlier diagnosis a reality for future pancreatic cancer patients

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Personalised treatment projects

Everyone responds differently to pancreatic cancer treatment - we fund research to help doctors make sense of treatment outcomes

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Improving chances of treatment success

Researching drugs that make cancer cells more sensitive to treatments and improve the effect of the therapies 

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