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2017 Funding Round

Tackling Yorkshire’s Cancer Problems

 
As we further establish Yorkshire Cancer Research as a prominent funder of patient focused cancer research, we continue to define the areas of greatest need for the people and patients of Yorkshire. By detailed analysis of the latest data and information on cancer outcomes in the region (see Cancer in Yorkshire Report) we have identified thematic areas to be addressed in this year’s Funding Round consistent with our mission to help the people of Yorkshire to avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
 
As part of our commitment to invest £100m over a 10 year period in cancer research for the benefit of Yorkshire people, we have allocated £8m for the 2017 Funding Round to support work in the following priority areas:
 

Living with and beyond cancer

 

1. Preventing recurrence and promoting better quality of survival for people living with and beyond cancer in Yorkshire

 
Lifestyle interventions – We are particularly interested in proposals which incorporate individualised approaches and can evidence clinical endpoints within the timeframe of the proposed study.
 
Interventions to support patient self-management – We encourage projects that support patients’ self-management during and after active treatment.
 
This may include:

  • Adherence to medication regimens
  • Improved patient knowledge of signs and symptoms of recurrence and late effects of treatment
  • Self-management of cancer and treatment-related consequences including late effects
  • Better patient understanding of routes back into the system

 

2. Interventions to address inequalities in access to survivorship services

 
Inequalities are known to exist across the cancer pathway during and after active treatment. We seek to have a significant impact on the availability and uptake of support services which are thought to vary across Yorkshire by:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Geography
  • Deprivation
  • Ethnicity

 

3. Living with and managing advanced cancer

 
There is a gap in knowledge about understanding the needs of patients with metastatic, advanced cancer. Proposals could encompass the optimal clinical management of advanced cancer patients or understanding the psycho-social needs of this patient group, including patients that have declined active treatment or those treated without curative intent.
 
 

Early Diagnosis

 

4. Interventions which improve the awareness of cancer signs and symptoms, and translate this awareness into action, targeted towards at-risk populations

 
We seek to have a significant impact on the earlier diagnosis of cancer in Yorkshire by supporting interventions involving those at higher risk of developing cancer due to:

  • Lifestyle issue – such as smoking, unhealthy diet or weight, or low levels of physical activity
  • Geography – due to living in areas of higher deprivation, or in rural areas without good access to cancer services
  • Ethnicity – specifically black and minority ethnic groups and those that have large communities within Yorkshire

 

5. Developing and delivering interventions that can achieve a significant stage shift in diagnosis

 
Our 10 year goal is by 2025 at least 2,000 fewer people in Yorkshire will die from cancer every year. Because late stage cancer diagnoses have worse survival rates than those diagnosed at early stages (see NCIN 2012 publication), if we can achieve a significant stage shift in diagnoses we will have a major impact on lives saved. We would be most interested in interventions in the most common cancers where outcomes are heavily influenced by stage of diagnosis. Applying best practice and innovation within the health services would be encouraged.
 

6. Addressing variations in cancer screening uptake at a local level

 
CCGs show significant variations in their cancer screening uptake rates at the level of individual GP practices despite ongoing pilots both in the UK and abroad. Interventions should aim to improve screening rates in the National Cancer Screening Programmes in lower performing areas to meet or exceed the national minimum targets. While interventions might be delivered at the CCG level, measurement of the efficacy of the interventions would be expected to be evaluated at CCG and/or GP practice level to demonstrate an impact in the poorly performing areas. Innovations to roll out successful pilots within Yorkshire are encouraged, including those using new technologies such as social media and electronic messaging.
 

Clinical Trials

 

7. Expanding clinical trials in Yorkshire for wider-scale patient benefit

 
Evidence shows that patients involved in clinical trials have better outcomes overall. Therefore, expansion of clinical trials in the region may be expected to not only speed up the process of moving research from the laboratory into clinical application, but also to benefit those patients involved in the studies themselves. We seek to increase the number of clinical trials for cancer treatments including surgery and radiotherapy as well as trials which examine transitions in care pathways or quality of life. We are interested in trials involving the most common cancer types and stages where poorer outcomes have the potential to achieve the greatest gains.
 

Important considerations for all applications

 
All applicants must demonstrate clearly how their proposal aligns with one or more of the 7 funding priorities which are the focus of the current Funding Round. Any application must also address specific cancer problems in Yorkshire. Applications must outline how, if the research were to be successful, the work would help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
 
Rigorous evaluation of any interventions must be an essential component of any proposal, including baseline measurements wherever possible. We encourage community-based approaches that incorporate co design involving the target population as well as involving commissioners at the outset of any project.
 

There is a specific requirement to contact the Charity before making an application to check that your proposal is in scope for the 2017 Funding Round.
 
Calls can be scheduled in advance and will take place from 24 April 2017. Please email research@ycr.org.uk to book a call.

 
Applications will be accepted from any organisation in the UK that can deliver improvements in Yorkshire in the priority areas outlined above.

 
Funding round key dates
 
Key dates

  • Funding round opens – Friday, 7th April 2017
  • Application deadline – 12 noon, Thursday, 15th June 2017
  • Funding decision – Early December 2017

 
The following supporting documents are available to download:
 
1. 2017 Funding Round Announcement
2. Information for Applicants 2017
3. Application Form 2017
4. Award Conditions 2017
5. Policies for Awards 2017
 
For any queries about the Funding Round or the application process, please email research@ycr.org.uk.