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The ACED Skills Exchange and Development Travel awards enable ACED researchers and PhD students to visit another ACED Member Centre(s) for knowledge exchange, to learn or impart a key skill or technique, and to sow the seeds of future collaborations. Funding up to £40,000 GBP is available to cover a visit of up to 4 months to include travel, accommodation, applicable university and visa fees and necessary research expenses. Salary costs are not covered by this award.

Applications will be accepted from Alliance researchers regardless of career stage including PhD students. Applications for PhD students must be made on their behalf by their principal PhD Supervisor.

Applicants must be a researcher at an ACED Member Centre and a current ACED member. ACED researchers may also apply for virtual opportunities to include costs for running training or request funding for related training/career development opportunities. It is the applicant’s responsibility to approach a potential Alliance Member Centre to identify and secure suitable learning and development opportunities.

Applicants are advised to read the guidelines and application form. Applications will be considered in any research area(s) listed in the ACED scientific strategy with a focus on early detection of primary cancer. You may need to check the list of ACED members at all Centres.

Alert your departmental grants and finance administrator as soon as possible and, at the latest, one month in advance of when you are intending to submit your application. Your grants and finance administrator will need to generate an X5 and will liaise with the Research Operations Office for approval of this X5.

Completed applications must be submitted to Dr Bridget Bannerman ( in MS Word format. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while the scheme is open.

Funding decisions will be made at quarterly meetings of the Alliance Executive Board in March, June, October and December.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr Bridget Bannerman (