Development Fund

About the fund

The aim of the Development fund is to provide short-term, pump-priming funds to support innovative, proof-of-concept cancer research. Often the projects we support are in too early of a stage to be competitive for major research support but have the potential to be with just a small amount of investment (<£15,000). Priority is given to projects with a clear translational trajectory, to early career researchers and for new collaborations between investigators.

Applications to the Development Fund are reviewed by the multidisciplinary Research Committee with support from previous awardees. The projects are ranked on criteria such as scientific quality, strategic relevance and translational potential, and feasibility. The Development Fund is considered one of the key successes of the Centre and we look to continue its evolution with the implementation of more targeted award schemes aimed at complementing CRUK’s new funding streams.

Please email the cancer centre if you have any questions or are interested in applying for future rounds:

Future Calls


The deadline for applications for the 2021/2022 Development Fund has now passed.

We hope to re-open the Development Fund to applications again in 2022 – more information will be posted on our channels, this webpage and through our mailing-list. For more information and any queries, please contact

Find out about our previous awards