Saving 2,000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025

Yorkshire Cancer Research is committed to investing £100m in ground-breaking research and services, with the ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025. 


Let's impact patients’ lives... 

Since 2015 the Charity has allocated more than £47m to novel projects and commissioned work. We aim to save 2,000 lives a year in Yorkshire by 2025 through supporting research and services that will have a direct impact on those in Yorkshire living with and beyond the diagnosis of cancer. If you are a researcher or clinician and you would like to help us reach our goal, look out for our next funding round, which will be launched in 2020.

Please contact for any questions relating to our research funding or to ask to be signed up to receive our research newsletter. For information on commissioning of health initiatives please contact

Our £6.5m 2019 Funding Round “Helping the people of Yorkshire, avoid, survive and cope with cancer” is now closed

We invited innovative applications for projects to Reducing the risk of developing cancer (including smoking cessation), Early diagnosis and cancer screening, Improving treatments, Supportive and palliative care and Physical activity following a diagnosis of cancer (including clinical trials). To find out more information about this round see below.

Award Conditions, Policies for Awards and Ethics Statement

The following terms and conditions apply to all applicants applying for funding from the Charity, please read them carefully:

2019 Funding Round Now Closed

We invited innovative applications for projects (including clinical trials) to our 2019 Funding Round to help the people of Yorkshire, avoid, survive and cope with cancer in the following areas:

•    Reducing the risk of developing cancer (including smoking cessation)
•    Early diagnosis and cancer screening
•    Improving treatments
•    Supportive and palliative care
•    Physical activity following a diagnosis of cancer

We were looking for the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, increase cancer specific survival or improve the quality of life of cancer patients during the course of the project. For more information on the above funding priorities please read the 2019 Funding Round announcement.

The deadline for Preliminary applications has now closed. Full applications will be by invitation only. The following supporting documents are available for you to download:

2019 Funding Announcement
Information for Applicants
Preliminary Form
Full Application by Invitation Only


Cancer Services

If you are involved in commissioning cancer services or service delivery and are interested in testing a new pathway, intervention or service then we would like to hear from you. 

We are interested in working with and funding new service initiatives that support early diagnosis and screening, cancer rehabilitation and smoking cessation. 

Please contact for further information. 

Travel awards

Only current Award Holders and staff supported by the Charity on Awards greater than one year in length can apply for Travel Awards to present their work at national and international conferences. The maximum Travel Award is £2000. Applicants may apply multiple times for Travel Awards but applications will be prioritised from those who have requested no more than a total of £2000 in a 3 year timeframe. Requests exceeding a total of £2000 in 3 years will only be funded as budgets allow. Applications for costs already incurred will not be accepted.

Travel Award application deadlines are mid-day on 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December in each year. To apply, please download and complete the application form below and email to

Travel Award Application Form

Publication costs award

Funding to cover publication costs is available to a maximum of £2,000 per publication (subject to the availability of funds). If the published work was co-funded, the Charity will contribute a proportionate amount. The Charity must be appropriately acknowledged in all publications where Charity funds have been awarded which have wholly or partly supported the work. Proof of payment should be provided along with a copy of the accepted manuscript when applying for funding to cover publication costs.

Publication Costs application deadlines are mid-day on 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December in each year. To apply, please download and complete the application form below and email to

Publication Costs Award Application Form

Research intellectual property

As a result of the Charity’s strategic shift to focus on areas of investment closer to patients, we have undertaken a further careful analysis of our portfolio and any Intellectual Property (IP) stemming from our funded work. In light of this review, we have made the decision that we will no longer require a formal IP review of papers, abstracts, posters and talks deriving from research awards wholly or partly funded by the charity. Of course, if you do have potential IP issues with your Award which you’d like to discuss with us, please do contact us at and get in touch with your own Technology Transfer Office.

Changes to Condition 6 of our Award Conditions have been made accordingly. Please note that all other Conditions remain in force. Condition 7 is relevant to the issue of Intellectual Property and commercialisation and is unaffected by this change. Organisations must seek the prior written consent of the charity before it makes any commercial use of, or grants to any third party exploitation rights over charity-funded IP.


Research Publicity

All papers deriving from funded work will (along with a Research Publicity Form) need to be submitted to as a condition of the Award. The papers will be reviewed by our Communications Team so that we can gain internal and external coverage on stories of interest to our donors, stakeholders and the general public. Please email your paper to 

Our Communications Team will be in touch if they decide to cover your work.

Thank you in advance for helping to promote the important work of Yorkshire Cancer Research.