This is a one-stop shop of resources and support for the pancreatic cancer research community.
Current funding opportunities
- Pancreatic Cancer UK Research Innovation Fund – deadline for applications is 1pm, Tuesday 10th November 2020.
- Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Research Grants: Opening for applications on 28th September 2020. The deadline for applications is 11th December 2020.
- The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and Pancreatic Cancer UK Fellowship –deadline for applications is 31st January 2021.
- Pancreatic Cancer UK and Medical Research Council joint funded Clinical Research Training Fellowships – deadline for applications is 7th January 2021.
- Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute Cancer Grand Challenges: The nine new challenges are now open for applications and include focus areas such as cachexia and inflammation. Submit your expression of interest (EOI) before 22 April 2021. Successful teams will each receive £20m ($25m) to carry out team science on a global scale.
Other events and opportunities
- National Cancer Research Institute Webinar: Demystifying patient and public involvement in cancer research: This session will aim to explain the role of patient and public involvement (PPI) in cancer research, why it is important and how patients and the public can get involved. A range of different involvement opportunities across the NCRI Partnership and beyond will be highlighted, with a view to encourage many more people to get involved in cancer research. This session is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about PPI in cancer research and can be watched ‘on demand’ after it has taken place by anyone who has registered.
- UKRI Early career researchers forum: A pilot for the forum will launch later this year and will seek to recruit 400 early career researchers. The forum will seek to reach out to the early career researcher community and engage on the issues that matter to them. Researchers who are interested in being a member of the forum (you do not need to be a UKRI future leaders fellow to join), or who want to find out more without committing, can express interest on the website.
- Cancer Research UK open lab initiative roll-out: a digital tool to help researchers and research groups find new opportunities to exchange ideas and interact more closely. Following a successful pilot phase, the initiative is being rolled out through a central CRUK site to enable virtual collaboration across the UK research network during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
- AMRC Open Research Platform: article processing charges (APCs) are being waived until the end of the year for all Pancreatic Cancer UK funded researchers who want to publish their work on the AMRC Open Research platform. Please do take advantage of this whilst you can.
- The Journal of Clinical Medicine special issue- Pancreatic Cancer Challenges and Breakthroughs: The Journal of Clinical Medicine is running a special issue on pancreatic cancer which is now open for submissions. Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2021.
Public and Patient Involvement
Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Research Involvement Network:
You can get in touch with us to access our Research Involvement Network made up of over 150 people affected by pancreatic cancer. This is a unique opportunity to work as equal partners with people who have lived experience of pancreatic cancer to help shape, improve and enrich your research.
Public and Patient Involvement Resources:
- Cancer Research UK has a very comprehensive Patient Involvement Toolkit which provides tips and advice to guide you through all stages of your involvement activity including planning, delivery and evaluation.
- The NIHR’s Involve website and learning for involvement page provides useful resources including ideas of how to involve members of the public and patients in research effectively and how to write lay summaries.
- Listen to Cochrane’s training webinar on ‘Patient and public involvement in research: What, why and how?’
- The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has put together a resource on Online Engagement: A guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events. This is a useful guide for anyone wanting to conduct online or virtual focus groups/workshops as part of their involvement activities.
Online training courses
- Scientific writing short course – This course runs for 8 weeks (3 – 5 hours per week) and is led by Dr Kirsten Sainani, Stanford University. Topics covered include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences (accessible to anyone free of charge).
- Pluralsight offer training on a range of topics including Foundation of Statistics and Interpreting data with R (The sight normally offers a 10 day free trial, however there is a charge once this is complete).
- Imaging Cytometry and Mass Cytometry Introduction training videos – These videos give you an introduction and brief overview of two techniques which are essential to the work of many researchers (accessible to anyone free of charge).
- Bioinformatics training videos – This series of 18 videos helps you to get started with learning about Bioinformatics (accessible to anyone free of charge).
- Many institutions also offer online training sessions to their employees and students, please check their website or get in contact with the relevant team to see what is available to you.
Additional online resources
- The Academy of Medical Sciences has recently developed a COVID-19 career support space with resources to help with looking after yourself and leading your team.
- NIHR Clinical Trials Toolkit – This resource provides you with practical advice in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK (accessible to anyone free of charge)
- The Health Research Authority have a number of online training modules focussing on topics such as HRA approval and research using human tissue (accessible to anyone free of charge who registers for an online account)
- Check if your Institution is a Vitae member and use your organisational email address to register for access to their online training modules. The modules focus on a variety of areas including career development, personal effectiveness, impact and engagement, and specific modules aimed at postgraduate researchers to support them during their doctorate. These supportive resources address the areas on Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework which describes the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.
- The Royal College of Radiologists offers a suite of online learning tools (please note that you need to be a member to access these)
Open access publishing
Pancreatic Cancer UK are now members of EuropePMC and the AMRC open research platform. If you are funded by us, please see our new Open Access Policy to understand more about how you can make the outputs from your research accessible to the wider community. If you are unsure of how to use EuropePMC, you can watch a guide to using their system.
You are also able to deposit your unpublished preprints on Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s free online archives bioRxiv and medRxiv. By posting preprints on these archives, you are able to make your findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
Please see a number of interesting blogs around open access publishing and data sharing below:
- Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) – This set of recommendations was put together by a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals to improve how outputs from scientific research are evaluated.
- Plan S – Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.
Pancreatic Cancer UK Open Access Research Webinar:
In the webinar, we bring together a panel of experts from the different open research platforms to tell you more about what open research publishing is, how open research publication works and what the benefits are to this process. The panel discuss and compare the strengths and weaknesses and issues of open approaches and conventional journal-based publication.
You can watch the webinar on our YouTube account.