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. 

2018 funding of research projects

This year we have allocated £10m to support projects designed to help save 2,000 lives to support commissioned health initiatives and services.   

We invited applications for funding in three priority areas:

The deadline for proposals is now closed and we are in the process of reviewing applications for funding.

The following supporting documents are available to download:

  1. 2018 Funding Round Announcement
  2. Information for Applicants 2018
  3. Award Conditions 2018
  4. Policies for Awards 2018
  5. Ethics Statement 2018

Please contact for any questions relating to our research funding or commissioning of health initiatives.

Early Diagnosis and Cancer Screening

Analysis from The Cancer Taskforce Report, “Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020,” the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Cancer in Yorkshire report indicates that early diagnosis will be the main contribution to 2,000 fewer cancer deaths in Yorkshire. From our own analysis, a 5% stage shift in early diagnosis could result in 90 fewer deaths over a year or 196 fewer deaths over 5 years for the four most common cancers. Given the central role of early diagnosis in bringing about a stage shift in diagnosis, we welcome applications that not only raise cancer awareness – especially in hard to reach communities – but also result in earlier presentation to primary care of people with potential cancer symptoms. We will prioritise projects that address the most common cancers as this is likely to have the greatest impact.

Addressing geographical variations in the uptake rates of national cancer screening programmes across Yorkshire represents an area where significant improvements may be made. Applications to help raise levels of cancer screening, especially in areas of greater deprivation are welcomed.

Cancer rehabilitation

By reducing cancer recurrence, prevention of secondary cancer through rehabilitation has the potential to positively impact Yorkshire’s cancer outcomes. Being physically active after a cancer diagnosis is linked to better likelihood of recovery for several cancers (US National Cancer Institute). Women who did moderate exercise after a breast cancer diagnosis had 40%-50% lower risk of breast cancer recurrence. For those with bowel cancer physical activity meant a 31% lower risk of death. Hence cancer rehabilitation could have significant impacts on the number of cancer deaths. While physical activity and other lifestyle interventions are clearly an important area of cancer rehabilitation, we are also interested in studies that address psychosocial issues of a cancer diagnosis, encompassing the areas within “living with and beyond cancer”.

Clinical trials

Patients treated in research active institutions are known to have better results from treatment. Those involved in clinical trials may benefit directly from their participation in studies, as well as contributing to the translation of new knowledge into clinical application. We are interested in supporting clinical trials in the most common cancers: to improve treatments, monitor patient reported outcomes including quality of life and improve detection and survival rates. Trials at any stage are considered from feasibility through to multi-centred phase III trials, but with the caveat that multi-site trials must have a substantial number of patients recruited from Yorkshire.

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

2019 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

2019 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.