Apply for the Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award

What is the Pioneer Award?


The Pioneer Award will fund research into truly innovative, ground-breaking ideas with the potential to lead to new discoveries or approaches that will help us better understand, prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Awards will enable research into ideas with the potential for high reward to beat cancer sooner.


Applications are welcomed from all investigators, no matter your background, occupation, or academic publication record. Successful awards will be:

  • ​Made up to the value of £200,000 over two years

  • Judged by a uniquely assembled Pioneer Award Committee

  • Processed using a fast, concise application method


Your application will be judged anonymously by the Committee. All that's required is an idea that could lead to the next major breakthrough in cancer research.

Applications can be made all year round, but for the earliest opportunity to take forward your revolutionary idea please ensure your proposal reaches us by 8 January 2016. If you’re successful, you could receive funding for your idea as soon as March 2016.​

For more information on eligibility and what is funded, see the application guidelines here. Please ensure you read, and are in agreement with, the terms set out in CRUK’s grant conditions before starting your application for funding.


Apply here