Expanding Theories Awards

Purpose and scope

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 read our Grant Conditions, Finance Guidelines, and Data Protection Statement before applying for funding.


Funding of up to £60,000 per year, for up to 2 years can be requested.

Eligibility criteria

  • All grant applications must focus on at least one of the research priorities highlighted in in our research strategy A Cure Can't Wait
  • 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

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.

Key Dates

Call open: 25 June 2018

Application deadline: 03 September 2018

Funding decision: 11 March 19

Call open: 07 January 2019

Application deadline: 18 March 2019

Funding decision: September 2019

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online through our Grant Management Portal:


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.

Please see our Expanding Theories Guidance Notes, below, for more information.

Assessment Criteria

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

Further information

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

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