This scheme funds future scientific leaders of research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours.
There is a need to develop the workforce and support the future leaders of scientific research into the brain tumour field. We aim to identify excellent early stage non-clinical researchers and provide support so they can establish themselves as leading researchers in the brain tumour field.
The scheme runs in three parts (Postdoctoral Fellowship, Junior Fellowship and Senior Fellowship), with only those entering the scheme as postdoctoral fellows eligible for the latter grants.
At the end of the postdoctoral fellowships, successful fellows will be invited to submit an application for a four year Junior Fellowship, totaling up to £480,000, to support themselves and a research associate in a host laboratory. During this time, fellows should develop as independent researchers and begin to build their own groups.
In the third stage of funding, successful fellows will be invited to apply for a five year Senior Fellowship, totaling up to £1,000,000, to support the applicant and a small research group. This senior post MUST be at a UK university or institute in a host laboratory that will enable the applicant to develop into fully independent group leader.
All rounds will be competitively assessed and applicants will be interviewed, either in person or via video conferencing.
Throughout the process, fellows should find different mentors and host institutions to ensure a diverse exposure to techniques and concepts. They will also be expected to show greater maturity and independence from their mentors as they go through the scheme.
The initial stage offers funding of up to £180,000 to support a named postdoctoral fellow over a period of three years. The application must address one of the areas identified in the Brain Tumour Charity's research strategy 'A Cure Can't Wait'. The funding will pay for direct costs for the salary of the postdoctoral fellow, consumables, minor equipment and publication costs.
The closing date for submitting letters of intent for the initial stage has passed. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. This must be submitted by the named postdoctoral fellow.
28 July 2017 - Deadline for receipt of letters of intent
Early September – Biomedical SAB meeting reviews letters of intent
Mid-September 2017 - Invitation for submission of full applications
20 October 2017 - Deadline for receipt of full applications
March 2018 - Biomedical SAB meeting
April 2018- Awards announced
Future funding to be confirmed in early 2018
Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for funding.
All applications must have input from those affected by brain tumours as early as possible, preferably during scoping of the project. We strongly recommend that applicants access our Research Involvement Network (RIN) for public and patient involvement.
Potential of the Fellow
Expertise of Mentors
Potential for patient benefit
Value for money
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 (SAB) alongside lay representatives of people affected by brain tumours.
If you would like to discuss your application or need any information, please contact the Research Team.
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 418190