Clinical Trials

The Brain Tumour Charity and Cancer Research UK are joint funding clinical trials for brain tumours on a rolling basis with three grant rounds per year.


The funding limit is £150,000 per trial for a period of up to 48 months. Recognising the further need for research into novel agents and therapies in this area, calls are for feasibility study applications.

Applications will be reviewed by CR-UK's Clinical Trials Awards and Advisory Committee (CTAAC) via a one-step application process and are subjected to international, competitive peer review. Any application approved through this route will be eligible for support in the NHS via inclusion on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio.

Assessment criteria

Assessment criteria for applications are as follows:

Clinical importance of the research question;

• Scientific importance of the research question;

• Adequacy of background and preliminary data; Strength of study design, including statistical design;

• Expected interest/appeal to patients and likelihood of adequate accrual;

• Anticipated opening for trial in the relevant portfolio.

The strengths of each application in all of the above areas will be assessed by CTAAC and used to arrive at an overall score. Only studies scoring above an agreed threshold will be considered for funding by The Brain Tumour Charity and Cancer Research UK. Studies funded by this initiative will be jointly branded by The Brain Tumour Charity and Cancer Research UK.

It is strongly advised that prospective applicants develop their trial design with an NCRI Accredited or UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit and the relevant NCRI Clinical Studies Group(s) well in advance of the submission deadline. Please see the below websites for more details:

Key dates

The next funding round will be announced shortly.

Please contact Caroline Dalton at or by phone on 020 3469 8996 for further details on the application process. We encourage open dialogue during the application process.

Details on feasibility studies and other Cancer Research UK and The Brain Tumour Charity funding streams can be found on the following websites:

Feasibility studies:

The Brain Tumour Charity grants and research:

For more information on The Brain Tumour Charity, please contact its Research Team at