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Expanding Theories Awards

These projects should build on initial proof of concept work so it can be developed into larger projects.

Key Dates:

Call for applications opens: January 2023

Call for applications closes: March 2023

Funding decisions: September 2023

Purpose and scope

Funding of up to £75,000 per year, for up to 2 years can be requested.

This scheme supports pilot studies that explore and develop novel concepts that may eventually lead to significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including quality of life, for people with brain tumours.

We also welcome proposals that explore innovative approaches that could fundamentally change our understanding, diagnosis, and/or management of brain tumours.

This scheme aims to allow the generation of sufficient data to support applications for larger scale projects to national/international funding organisations.

Please note applications to this round will be blinded during the review stage.

Public and patient involvement

To obtain input from those affected by brain tumours, we strongly recommend that applicants access our Research Involvement Network (RIN) for public and patient involvement. In order to receive feedback from the RIN, please allow for a minimum of 3 weeks turnaround time.

  • All grant applications must focus on at least one of the research priorities highlighted in our research strategy ‘Accelerating a Cure’
  • This award is open to international researchers, but applications including a UK collaborator will be looked on favourably
  • The Lead Applicant must hold an employment contract beyond the period of the grant
  • Proposals must contain scope for future work should the pilot study prove to be successful
  • Clear explanation of how this could lead to benefits to those affected by brain tumours
  • All applications must have input from those affected by brain tumours as early as possible, preferably during scoping of the project

Proposals should address a key, unresolved area in brain tumour research that could lead to a shift in the concepts or methods that drive the field

  • Novelty of approach
    The project should be exploratory in nature and employ novel concepts, approaches or methods with innovative aims
  • Expertise of applicants
    The applicants must be appropriately trained and well suited to carry out the planned studies. It is not essential for the Lead Applicant to have experience in brain tumour research; however there must be suitable collaborative arrangements with experts in this area
  • Feasibility of project
    The scientific rationale must logically support the proposed study. The proposal must also expect meaningful results to support or reject the original hypothesis within the two year time frame
  • Potential impact on the field
    The project must challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies and have the potential for further investigation

The Brain Tumour Charity is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and adheres to its principles of peer review. All applications will be considered by our Biomedical Scientific Advisory Board (Biomedical SAB) alongside lay representatives of people affected by brain tumours.

Please read the following documents before applying for funding

Grant conditions – PDF

These grant conditions, together with the grant award letter, set out the terms and conditions on which we make a grant to the host institution and grantholder.

Finance guidelines – PDF

These guidelines explain which of the costs incurred will be paid for by The Charity

Data protection statement – PDF

This statement details how the information you give us will be processed, used and stored in accordance with data protection legislation

Guidance document (To be updated 2023) – PDF

Please take note of, and allow sufficient time for, the approval steps required to complete the submission process. We cannot guarantee late submissions will be accepted.

Further essential reading

There are other documents you must read before applying to our grant rounds. These include, but are not limited to Grant Conditions and Finance Guidelines. These documents can be found by following the link below.

Essential reading

How to apply

All applications should be made through our grant management portal. 

If you need help creating or accessing your account please contact the Research Team on

Further information

If you would like to discuss project ideas or require any additional information, please contact the Research Team.
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 418190