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The CRUK Prevention and Population Research Programme Award provides long-term support for broad, multidisciplinary research with transformative potential in prevention and population research.

Career level: Established independent researcher, Clinician, Non-clinical researcher
Submission deadline: 28 September 2023
Funding period: 5 years
Funding amount: No set value


You should:

  • Be a research scientist based at a UK university or research institution for the duration of the proposed award.
  • Have extensive postdoctoral experience, an internationally-recognised track record, and ability to successfully run an independent research group.

Research area

  • Cancer aetiology
  • Cancer prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Behavioural research
  • Statistics and methodology
  • Clinical trials

Scientific remit

PPRC Programme Awards can be awarded in one or more of the following areas:

  • Population-based studies, including classical, clinical and molecular epidemiological approaches, to help understand risk and disease aetiology, and to test and validate strategies to improve the prevention and control of cancer in patients and the public.
  • Incidence rates of cancer, including changes over time and geographies. Investigation into the changes in cancer survival, driven by risk factors or other relevant factors.
  • Methodological and statistical research relating to prevention and population sciences.
  • Population-level epidemiological studies of secondary physical effects of cancer treatment.
  • Risk stratification and associated cancer prevention studies, including identification of high-risk groups for whom preventative interventions would be beneficial and in which preventative intervention research could be conducted.
  • Exploratory and confirmatory clinical trials seeking to test the efficacy and safety of chemopreventive agents.
  • Development and evaluation of behavioural and lifestyle interventions to support prevention of cancer, including cancer recurrence, across a range of risk factors, which may include tobacco, alcohol, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity and UV exposure (individual or population level).
  • Screening as a form of prevention, including population-level trials of screening approaches.
  • Policy-focused research to help develop Cancer Research UK’s policies and advocacy strategies concerning cancer prevention, including policy research on tobacco control.

Please note early diagnosis research now sits with the Early Detection & Diagnosis Research Committee.

What is funded

There is no fixed value for funding requests for Programme Awards. Funding lasts 5 years, conditional on an annual Scientific Milestone Report review.

Funding can be used for:

  • Salaries of postdoctoral researchers, technical staff and PhD students (stipend and fees)
  • Associated running costs
  • Equipment costing up to £50,000

The Award cannot be used to fund your own salary, but may be used to fund the salary of a maximum of one co-investigator or other senior researcher as named research staff as set out in our Policy on Funding Investigator Salaries.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Contact the office for an informal and confidential discussion of your research proposal. They will advise you on your eligibility and funding options.

The deadline for submission is 28 September 2023. Please click here for more information about the Prevention and Population Research Programme Award and the application process and for contact details of the Research Funding Managers.