Our research focuses on cancer prevention and survival, looking at mechanisms or host factors
Our latest call for investigator initiated grants and seed grants has now closed.
Grant application timeline
Call opened 21 September 2020
Deadline for outline was 22:00 GMT on 16 November 2020
Shortlisting outcome and investigator initiated grants full application stage opens 15 February 2021
Deadline for investigator initiated grants full application is 22:00 GMT on 29 March 2021
Funding decisions announced in September 2021
Grant programme schemes and research areas
Investigator initiated grants are awarded to principal investigators with a maximum of £350,000 for up to four years, with a limit of £100,000 for any one year. Seed grants are for a maximum of £60,000 in total for up to two years.
Australia research grants
Researchers based in Australia will be eligible for co-funding from World Cancer Research Fund International and Cancer Australia as part of a new collaboration.
To be considered for this co-funding you can apply to the Grant Programme as normal, but please be aware that funding and timescales are different:
seed grants (up to £60,000 for up to two years)
investigator initiated grants (for a maximum of £300,000 for up to three years)
Our regular grant programme groups research into two themes – cancer prevention and cancer survivors. Each of these areas may be addressed either from the perspective of identifying the mechanisms that underpin the effect of diet, nutrition and physical activity on cancer, or by addressing the host factors that influence individual susceptibility to cancer development or progression, and so contribute to explaining variability between people in outcomes.
For cancer survivors, we also encourage broader research into evidence for impact of diet, nutrition (including body composition), physical activity and outcomes after cancer diagnosis, as robust evidence on this is still lacking.
The research principles and themes we are looking for are outlined below:
Changes to our grant programme
Applications must be made using our new online Grants Management System. Once registered with the system, you will have access to the application forms for open grant rounds. You will find instructions on how to complete the applications on the WCRF GMS site.
“Our WCRF-funded research shed new light on the mechanisms linking adult body size and energy restriction in youth to cancer risk. Our results identified that there are critical time-windows of exposure with regards to cancer, and that hormonal, growth and metabolic pathways are already important at a young age for the risk of colorectal and breast cancer over age 55 years” – Prof Matty Weijenberg, grant holder
What impact does our research have?
Maxine Lenza, our Press and Communications Officer, talks to Dr Amanda Cross about how World Cancer Research Fund chooses which projects to fund and why cancer research is so expensive.
Association of Medical Research Charities
Our Regular Grant Programme adheres to the recommendations and best practice guidance of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
Our grant programme has passed the AMRC Peer Review Audit and has been awarded a certificate by AMRC to show that it follows best practice when peer reviewing grant applications. During the audit, AMRC assessed the accountability, balance, independence, rotation and impartiality of World Cancer Research Fund International’s peer review process (both internal and external). The results of the audit demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of accountability and probity to donors, funders, the government and researchers.