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. 

COVID-19 Update

At this extraordinary time, the immediate priority for every organisation, including Yorkshire Cancer Research, is the health and well-being of their staff and we hope all our funded researchers are safe and well. 

The latest updates regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are below and we will update this page when we have new information to share. 

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate through this exceptionally challenging time.

Current Awards

We understand that COVID-19 is likely to have a substantial impact on the Awards we fund. We have been in contact with all the host organisations and all our Award Holders to start to fully understand the impact on individual Awards and to put appropriate plans in place to mitigate the impact. 

Travel Awards

We are still accepting applications for travel awards. Please do apply for a travel award if you are one of our funded researchers and plan to attend a conference, physically or virtually.

Please note that we will only be able to confirm a travel Award for a physical conference once we have confirmation the event is going ahead and any travel is in line with governmental guidelines.

Our Funding Rounds

We understand the amount of hard work and effort that everyone puts into making an application to the charity and in helping us deliver against our strategic objective to reduce the number of cancer deaths in Yorkshire by 2000 each year. 

It is, therefore, with sincere regret that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are putting the announcement of the 2019 funding round on hold. 

For the same reason, we are also delaying the launch of the next funding round that was due to open in April 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

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 £3,000 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

Your research helps the charity gain media coverage and update its supporters on the work they are helping to fund. Please complete the Research Publicity Form and send it to along with a copy of the paper being published. You will be contacted if the Public Relations team decides to cover your work.

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