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Pancreatic Cancer UK Future Leaders Fund

We are committed to attracting new research talent and retaining expertise within the field. Our Future Leaders Fund aims to build critical mass and support the research leaders of the future in both clinical and non-clinical disciplines. In 2017, we launched our new Future Leaders Academy which was supported by the Fund.

Future Leaders Academy 2019/2020 – call opening soon

With the success of our previous Future Leader awards, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching a new call for a Future Leader Academy to be awarded in 2020.

The detailed guidance of the application and award process and key deadlines will be made available when the award opens in April 2019. Below is some general pre-launch information and guidance, that we hope will inform those considering applying.


Funding for a group of at least four PhD students to undertake research focusing on pancreatic cancer in one organisation or a group of strongly linked, collaborative institutions.

The award will support high-calibre graduates to undertake a series of projects in one or more area of pancreatic cancer research. The exact projects that each student will undertake may not be known at this stage but the theme, broad research areas to be addressed and overall vision of the Academy should be made clear in the research proposal.


Within one or a collaborative group of not-for-profit UK research institution.


Funding will be awarded to one outstanding Academy Director, working with a team of investigators. This team will be responsible for the training and supervision of the Academy Future Leaders.


A total of up to £500,000* is available to meet the following costs:

  • Fees and stipend for at least four PhD students*
  • Up to £15,000 per year available for running costs including consumables, travel, dissemination, animal costs and equipment.


Up to 4 years.

*This is currently an approximate funding level/student number but may increase following 2019/20 budget finalisation.

Key dates (provisional until formal announcement):

Round Open Date

SAB meeting


Projects start date

April 2019 (open until July 2019)

Autumn 2019

Winter 2019

September/October 2020


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

Details of the previous 2016 Future Leader Academy provided below for reference.