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

Applications to the 2021 Development Fund are now open. Applications will be open until midday on Friday 12th February 2021.

To apply, please email the Cancer Centre ( to receive an application form and to register your interest. Applications will be open until midday on Friday 12th February 2021. Please note, late applications will not be accepted. More information on the Development Fund is available in the Information Leaflet here.

As with previous calls of the Development Fund, all scientists and health professionals, along with Early Stage Career Researchers, will be welcome to apply. Senior post-docs and junior group leaders are encouraged to apply in collaboration with their supervisors or mentors, to act as a stepping stone to external independent funding. To qualify for the Early Stage Career award you should have at least 3 years research experience (excluding PhD / DPhil studies) and be within 7 years completion of a DPhil, PhD or MD.

Please contact the Cancer Centre on  if you have any questions about the scheme or are thinking of making a future application.

Find out about our previous awards