Recently funded awards

This page lists the investigator-led programmes, projects and fellowships that we have recently supported through our response-mode grant funding schemes.

Select a funding committee to see what they have funded to date in 2021 (for Grant Award Letters issued up to February 2022):

Biomarker Project Awards

Professor Mhairi Copland, University of Glasgow
Evaluation of key Biomarkers for the prediction of successful treatment-free remission (TFR) in chronic myeloid leukaemia

Professor Anthony Moorman, Newcastle University
Evaluating integrated and multi-biomarker driven risk stratification in paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia 

Clinical Trial Awards

Professor Darren Hargrave and Professor Pamela Kearns, University of Birmingham 
LOGGIC- Phase III, randomised, international multicentre trial for children and adolescents with low-grade glioma

Dr Christopher Fox, University of Southampton
Optimizing MATrix as remission induction treatment for newly diagnosed primary CNS Lymphoma – a randomized phase III trial (OPTIMATE trial)

Professor Peter Hoskin, Professor Gareth Griffiths & Ananya Choudhury, University of Southampton 
CRAIN: A phase 1b clinical trial with dose escalation and dose expansion phases of ASTX660 in combination with standard radical radiotherapy in cervical cancer with chemoradiation

Dr Victoria Coyle and Professor Daniel Longley, University of Glasgow 
ASTFOX: A Phase I study of the IAP antagonist, ASTX660, in combination with standard of care FOLFOX chemotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer

Mr Dirk Strauss, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
EORTC-1809-STBSG: A randomised phase III study of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery versus surgery alone for patients with High Risk RetroPeritoneal Sarcoma (STRASS 2)

Professor Simon Crabb and Professor Gareth Griffiths, University of Southampton
AURORA: Atezolizumab in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the bladder and urinary tract – a single arm, open label, multicentre, phase II trial

Dr Juanita Lopez, Professor Christina Yap and Professor Pascal Meier, Institute of Cancer Research
ASTEROID – A Phase I proof of concept study of ASTX660 in combination with PEmbROlizumab:utilizing triple IAP blockade as a strategy to maximize Immunogenic cell Death and the generation of a efficient adaptive immune response

Professor Jonathan Bridgewater, University College London 
SAFIR-ABC10: molecular screening for precision medicine in advanced biliary cancers

Professor Bernadette Brennan and Professor Pamela Kearns, University of Birmingham 
International clinical research programme to improve outcomes in newly diagnosed Ewing Sarcoma – Trial 1 (INTER-EWING-1)

Professor Gladstone (Amos) Burke and Professor Lucinda Billingham, University of Birmingham 
Glo-BNHL: A Global Study of Novel Agents in Relapsed and Refractory B-NHL 


Dr Martin McCabe and Professor Keith Wheatley, University of Birmingham 
rEECur: International Randomised Controlled Trial of Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Recurrent and Primary Refractory Ewing Sarcoma

Prospective Sample Collection Awards

Professor Paul Lorigan, University of Manchester 
From primary diagnosis to relapse or cure; a comprehensive sample collection from patients with stage II melanoma

June 2021

​​Programme Awards

New Programmes

Professor Christian Speck, Imperial College London 
Discovering the structural and mechanistic principles of human helicase-loading control and its misregulation in cancer

Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke, Queen Mary, University of London 
Exploiting the effects of low mural cell beta3-integrin in the control of cancer progression, therapy resistance and metastasis

Professor Jody Rosenblatt, King's College London 
Basal extrusion: a new mechanism for metastasis initiation

Professor Trevor Graham, Queen Mary, University of London 
MECCA: Metastatic Evolutionary dynamics of Colorectal Cancer

Dr Vincenzo D’Angiolella, Professor Steve Clifford & Professor Alex Bullock, University of Oxford/Newcastle University 
The neomorphic role of KBTBD4 in medulloblastoma

Renewing Programmes

Professor Sergio Quezada, University College London
Development and evaluation of T- and innate-cell engagers driving agonistic activity independent of Fc/FcReceptor interactions

Professor Martin Humphries, University of Manchester
Stromal rigidity as a driver of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma progression

Programme Foundation Awards

Dr Marc Mansour, University College London 
Dissecting and exploiting enhancer dysregulation in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Dr Dirk Sieger, University of Edinburgh 
The role of microglia during the formation of neural network-like connections in glioma

Multidisciplinary Project Awards

Professor Darryl Overby & Professor Iain McNeish, Imperial College London 
A “top-down” organ-on-chip approach for personalised medicine in ovarian cancer

Dr Iain Dunlop, Imperial College London
Biophysical design of immunomodulatory nanotherapeutics


November 2021

Programme Awards

New Programmes

Dr Ulrike Gruneberg, University of Oxford 
Molecular Mechanisms Safeguarding Genome Stability

Dr Helfrid Hochegger, University of Sussex 
Exploiting a new cell cycle control pathway for cancer therapy

Professor Steven Pollard, University of Edinburgh 
Dissecting the biochemical and cellular functions of SOX proteins in glioblastoma

Professor Edward Tate, Imperial College London
Protein lipidation in cancer: discovery, mechanisms and target validation

Renewing Programmes

Professor Awen Gallimore, Cardiff University
Exploring the Relationship Between Antigen-Specific T Cells and the Tumour Microenvironment

Professor Chris Jones, Institute of Cancer Research
Targeting cellular diversity and interactivity in paediatric diffuse glioma

Professor Chris Lord, Institute of Cancer Research
Cancer vulnerabilities

Professor Alan Melcher & Professor Kevin Harrington, Institute of Cancer Research
Understanding and harnessing the antigenicity and adjuvanticity of combination oncolytic virus and targeted drug immunotherapy

Programme Foundation Awards

Dr Christina Halsey, University of Glasgow 
Targeting metabolic reprogramming to develop more effective and less toxic treatments for central nervous system involvement in paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Cancer Immunology Project Awards

Dr Rebecca Gentek, University of Edinburgh 
Studying the origins of mast cells to delineate their functions in melanoma progression

May 2021

Early Detection and Diagnosis Programme Awards

Professor George Hanna, Imperial College London
Augmented Response of vOlatile bioMarkers to detect oesophagogastric Adenocarcinoma (AROMA)

Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Awards

Dr Clare Rebbeck and Professor Gregory Hannon, University of Cambridge
Using a “Timeline of DCIS progression” to create an improved clinical assay for breast cancer risk 

Professor Francesca Palombo, Dr Nick Stone and Dr Oliver Old, University of Exeter
Development of advanced optical tools for early detection and diagnosis of oesophageal cancer with high mechanical and chemical specificity 

Dr Maria Kyrgiou and Professor Zoltan Takats, Imperial College London
High-throughput laser-assisted Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (Laser-REIMS) in the early detection and diagnosis of cervical pre-invasive disease

Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Awards

Dr Charlene Greenwood, University of Keele
Prostate Cancer: High Accuracy Early Diagnosis based on Tissue Microenvironments

Dr Adam Creamer and Dr Leah Frenette, Imperial College London
Magnetic, Fluorescent Nanoparticles for the Isolation of Blood Biomarkers in the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

Dr Lesley Smith and Professor Richard Neal, University of Leeds
Development of a myeloma case-finding approach for higher-risk patients: analysis of routine blood tests

Dr Jason Webber, Swansea University
Extracellular Vesicle Glycoproteins for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (EVGlyProD)

Professor David Westhead, University of Leeds
Prediction of Early Progression in Follicular Lymphoma

Dr Oluwafunmilola Ola and Dr Frankie Rawson, University of Nottingham
Point-of-care-Based Electrochemical Sensing for Human Papillomavirus Detection

Dr Jamie Blundell, University of Cambridge
Exploiting the Immune System for Early Cancer Detection

Dr Richard Mair and Dr Rohitashwa Sinha, University of Cambridge
Early Detection with Urine and Cognitive Assessment Multiplex (The EDUCAM study)

Professor Marc Moncrieff, Dr Stuart Rushworth, Dr Mona Saad, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Feasibility study investigating circulating peripheral mitochondrial DNA as a potential non-invasive biomarker for diagnosis and surveillance of high risk cutaneous melanoma

Dr Christopher Toseland, University of Sheffield
Single molecule mass photometry for the early detection of cancer

Dr Sourav Banerjee, University of Dundee
Secreted phosphoproteome in blood as early detection and risk stratification biomarkers of glioma


November 2021

Early Detection and Diagnosis Programme Awards

Professor Daniel Murphy, Imperial College London, and Professor Marion MacFarlane, MRC Toxicology Unit
Integrated Analysis in Mouse and Man for Early Detection of Mesothelioma: IAMMED-Meso

Early Detection and Diagnosis Project Awards

Professor Sara Zanivan and Dr Thomas Bird, CRUK Beatson Institute
Combining plasma redox-proteomics with machine learning for early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma

Professor Jennifer Morton and Professor Sara Zanivan, CRUK Beatson Institute
Investigating Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer in Genetically Engineered Mouse Models of New Onset Diabetes-Associated Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Professor Francesca Ciccarelli, King's College London
Early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) from Barrett’s oesophagus (BO): defining genetic and microenvironmental drivers of BO-OAC transition

Dr Richard Bryan, University of Birmingham, and Professor Mieke Van Hemelrijck, King's College London

Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Awards

Dr Amanda Rossiter, University of Birmingham
Development of a patient-derived, mucosoid-microbiota model to identify novel gastric adenocarcinoma biomarkers triggered by the intestinal metaplasia-associated microbiota

Dr Ruchi Gupta, University of Birmingham
Lozenges for Early Detection of Cancer

Dr Tristan Barrett, University of Cambridge, and Professor Zion Tse, University of York
Smartphone application for effective prostate cancer screening utilising machine learning- enhanced ultrasound PSA-density measurement

Dr Marilena Hadjidemetriou, University of Manchester
Nanotechnology-enabled multi-omic liquid biopsies in non-small cell lung cancer

Professor Jason Davis, University of Oxford
Breast cancer screening using bimodal circulating tumour cell enrichment and detection

Professor Charles Swanton and Dr William Hill, The Francis Crick Institute
TOPICAL: The impact of air pollution upon cancer initiation in the lung

Dr Sean Knight, Professor Sarah Cartmell and Dr Katherine Finegan, University of Manchester
A new platform for discovering biomarkers of early lung cancer

Dr Vladimir Teif, University of Essex, and Dr Paul Brennan, University of Edinburgh
Early cancer diagnostics and stratification based on nucleosome positioning reconstructed from cell-free DNA

May 2021

Project Grants

Professor Paul Pharoah, University of Cambridge 
Rare germline genetic variation in the coding and non-coding genome and susceptibility to ovarian cancer

Dr Hannah Sallis, University of Bristol 
Smoking behaviours and transitions to vaping in early adulthood: Investigating predictors with longitudinal data

November 2021

Project Grants

Professor Antonis Antoniou and Professor Douglas Easton, University of Cambridge 
EMBRACE: Epidemiological study of mutation carriers in BRCA1, BRCA2 and other cancer susceptibility genes

Career Development Fellowship

Dr Thomas MacVicar, CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow 
Targeting mitochondrial metabolite transport in pancreatic cancer

Dr Diu Nguyen, Queen Mary, University of London 
Targeting post-transcriptional regulators to eradicate leukemic stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia

Career Establishment Award

Dr Isidro Cortes Ciriano, EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute 
Development and clinical validation of a multi-modal liquid biopsy test for cancer screening and monitoring using long-read sequencing technologies

Clinician Scientist Fellowship

Dr Sally George, Institute of Cancer Research 
The role of ATRX alterations in the genesis and therapeutic sensitivity of neuroblastoma

Dr Marwan Kwok, University of Birmingham
Identifying tumour-immune interactions as determinants of clinical sequelae in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Pre-doctoral Research Bursaries

Dr Louisa Harding-Edgar, University of Glasgow 
Lung cancer and early diagnosis after Covid-19: identifying the impact of remote consulting on lung cancer referral

Dr Tom Andrew, Newcastle University 
Optimising deep learning models for risk classification of AMBLor in cutaneous melanoma

Mr Jonathan Pushpa-Rajah, University of Cambridge
Use of structural variants to detect recurrence of renal cancer via blood

Dr Alexandros Rampotas, University College London
Towards developing a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) construct against mutated calreticulin

Postdoctoral Research Bursaries

Dr Elizabeth Maughan, Institute of Child Health/UCL
Generating personalised preclinical models for advanced paediatric thyroid cancer

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