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The CRUK Multidisciplinary Project Award supports collaborations between cancer researchers and scientists from engineering/physical science disciplines.

Career level: Clinician, Non-clinical researcher, Early career researcher, Mid-career researcher, Established independent researcher
Preliminary submission: 10 January 2023
Final submission: 17 January 2023
Funding period: Up to 4 years
Funding amount: Up to £500k


Applications should ideally include:

  • a minimum of two PIs working in distinct scientific disciplines
  • at least one PI working in cancer research at any career stage
  • at least one PI from an engineering/physical science discipline at any career stage

Applications will be accepted from UK universities, research institutions, CRUK Institutes, medical schools and hospitals. The award is not required to be co-located and can be held across institutions in the UK. Supporting roles from international and commercial organisations may also be included.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Research Grants office.


The aim of these awards is to generate creative research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research. These awards are awarded jointly between Principal Investigators (PI) from engineering/physical science disciplines, and PIs who are working in cancer research.

With a primary focus on multidisciplinary research, the research themes within remit for this award include:

  • The direct application of physics, engineering, chemical or mathematical concepts to address the underlying physical processes of cancer, including tumour initiation, growth and metastasis.
  • The development of new transformational approaches or the translation of technologies for direct applications in, or a clear path to, a direct application in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Proposals for the first applications of technologies in cancer research and those which demonstrate potential clinical applicability are encouraged.

In addition, CRUK welcomes proposals across all engineering and physical science disciplines including physics, engineering, mathematical and computational modelling, chemical and molecular sciences, materials science, molecular/tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. For more specific details of research supported by Multidisciplinary Project Awards, please refer to the scheme guidelines.

Multidisciplinary Project Awards are designed to fund individual project proposals; research proposals of a similar nature but which encompass a more detailed body of work may be more suitable for Programme Awards.

What is funded

Funding support is provided for:

  • Postdoctoral researchers
  • PhD students (stipend, fees and running expenses)
  • Technical staff
  • Associated running expenses
  • Equipment

Deadlines and selection procedures

The deadline for preliminary applications is 10 January 2023. Please click here for more information about the Multidisciplinary Project Award and the application process and for contact details of the Research Grants Manager.