Quality of Life Awards

Funding to understand and minimise the impact brain tumours have on those affected.

Following on from the launch of 'A Cure Can't Wait', we have undertaken surveys to identify the key quality of life issues according to people living with a brain tumour. The results from these studies, which are the most comprehensive studies of their kind, are outlined in our reports. The report 'Losing Myself: The Reality of Life with a Brain Tumour' focuses on adult issues, while the report 'Losing My Place: The Reality of Childhood with a Brain Tumour' focuses on paediatric and young adult issues.

Purpose and Scope

These reports highlight the issues that have the biggest impact on those affected. These areas include fatigue and/or pain control at home, physical symptoms, emotional wellbeing and social isolation.

This funding scheme has been established to address these issues and improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with a brain tumour. Applications must have a direct and measurable benefit to quality of life, and projects must focus on measuring and minimizing the impact that brain tumours have on people's lives.

We are seeking applications that increase our understanding of quality of life issues and could lead to a reduction in the burden of these issues. The project can focus on any part of the patient pathway from diagnosis to remission and survivorship, or end of life care.

Applications could include but is not limited to:

  • Symptom management
  • Treatment side effects
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Survivorship issues
  • Communication and social isolation
  • Relationships


Funding of up to £300,000 per project for up to three years.

This funding should be allocated to cover direct costs for staff, including salaries, consumables, equipment and publication costs. Requests for capital / infrastructure will not be considered since it is expected that this will be available at the Lead Institution as well as all partner organisations.

Grants will be awarded to the Principal Applicant's institution. Funding can be allocated to co-investigator institutions with agreements put in place between all partner institutions.

Application process

Applications are open with a deadline of 5 p.m. (London time), 1 September 2017.

Applications must be submitted online through our new portal: proposalCENTRAL. Please do take the time to get familiar with the site, set up an account and start filling in your profile.

The application is now open on proposalCENTRAL.

The Brain Tumour Charity is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and adheres to its principles of peer review. Applications will be awarded through a competitive peer reviewed process (in line with AMRC principles) and then considered by our Scientific Advisory Boards (SABs).

Eligibility criteria

  • All grant applications must focus on the research priorities highlighted in our Research Strategy 'A Cure Can't Wait'.
  • For projects focused on adult brain tumours, the application must address at least one of the areas highlighted in the 'Losing Myself: The Reality of Life with a Brain Tumour' report.
  • For projects focused on paediatric brain tumours, the application must address at least one of the areas highlighted in the 'Losing My Place: The Reality of Childhood with a Brain Tumour' report.
  • The Principal Applicant does not need to be based in the UK but the research has to be relevant to the UK landscape.
  • The Principal Applicant must have a contract with the institution covering the duration of the grant. If the Principal Applicant does not hold an academic or research position, the application must include a co-applicant at the Lead Institution that does.

Assessment Criteria

Relevance to funding call
Projects must address the patient-prioritised quality of life issues outlined in our reports.

Projects must have a sound approach and methodology in order to address the questions raised.

Expertise of Applicants
The applicants must be appropriately trained and well suited to carry out the planned studies. It is not essential for the principal investigator to have experience in brain tumour research; however there must be suitable collaborative arrangements with experts in this area.

Potential for patient benefit
Projects must articulate a clear pathway to lead to patient benefit as well as the anticipated impact and likelihood of this. Applications with a clear path to clinical or practical application will be strongly favoured.

Value for money
Projects must demonstrate that the funds requested are essential for the work and how these represent value for money.

Key dates

Due to unprecedented circumstances, we have extended the deadline for submission of applications.

5 p.m. (London time), 1 September 2017- Deadline for receipt of full applications

TBC - Quality of Life Scientific Advisory Board (QoL SAB) committee meeting

TBC - Awards announced

Further information

Please note: applicants should not, under any circumstances, directly approach Trustees or committee members in connection with their (or another's) research application.

If you have any queries, would like to discuss your application or the new online portal, please do get in touch with us:

E-mail: research@thebraintumourcharity.org

Phone: +44 (0) 1252 418190