The Development Fund was a scheme initiated at the very inception of the Centre. The aim of this 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, usually less than £15,000. Priority is given to projects with a clear translational trajectory, to early career researchers and for new collaborations between investigators. To encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration special calls are made through an annual Translational Collaboration Scheme offering up to £30,000 to fund new connections within our network.
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.
The Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre Development Fund is now open for applications from all Oxford Centre members. The deadline for applications is midday on 12th February 2018.