Research Innovation Fund

Find out more about the Pancreatic Cancer UK Research Innovation Fund and how you can apply.

*****Opening for Applications in August 2022*****

The aim of the Pancreatic Cancer UK Research Innovation Fund is to encourage and support truly unique and innovative research into the causes, treatment and detection of pancreatic cancer and the support for those with it.

The seed funding scheme will provide short-term investment to address research questions and hypotheses that are truly innovative in their objectives and/or means of delivery. The focus of the work can be in any field or area of research which, in short or long term, may one day improve the quality of life of people with pancreatic cancer. The proposed studies should be underpinned by rigorous methodological approaches, world class research expertise and high quality research facilities.

Key details

Where: A not-for-profit UK research institution

Funding available: Up to £100,000 per project

Duration: 12-18 months

Key dates

We will be opening for applications in August 2022. As we confirm more specific dates and timings, we will add them here.

Before you apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the Guidance for Applicants and FAQs before completing their application. Specifically, applicants should ensure that their proposal aligns with Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Statement of Innovation included at the start of the ‘Guidance for Applicants’ document.


All potential applicants and their Host Institutions should ensure that they have also reviewed Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Terms and Conditions, which set out the standard terms applicable to Research Innovation Fund grants funded by Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Please note: the sections below are from the 2020/21 Research Innovation Fund funding round. If you are hoping to apply for the 2022/23 funding round, you can use the below as guidance, however please note that details are subject to change for the 2022/23 funding round and updated documents will be posted on this webpage, once the details are finalised.   

How to apply

To submit your application for funding, please complete the Research Proposal Template (updated 1st September 2020) and email it to before the application deadline.

All applications for funding will be subject to a rigorous review process as detailed in our guidance notes for applicants. Final funding recommendations will be made by our international Scientific Advisory Board.


For any queries relating to this fund, please email or call the research team on 020 7820 6705.