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Expanding Theories Awards

Purpose and scope

This scheme supports pilot studies that explore and develop novel concepts that may eventually lead to significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including quality of life, for people with brain tumours.

We also welcome proposals that explore innovative approaches that could fundamentally change our understanding, diagnosis, and/or management of brain tumours.

This scheme aims to allow the generation of sufficient data to support applications for larger scale projects to national/international funding organisations.


Funding of up to £60,000 per year, for up to 2 years can be requested.

Eligibility criteria

  • All grant applications must focus on at least one of the research priorities highlighted in in our research strategy A Cure Can't Wait
  • This award is open to international researchers, but applications including a UK collaborator will be looked on favourably
  • The Lead Applicant must hold an employment contract beyond the period of the grant
  • Proposals must contain scope for future work should the pilot study prove to be successful
  • Clear explanation of how this could lead to benefits to those affected by brain tumours
  • All applications must have input from those affected by brain tumours as early as possible, preferably during scoping of the project

Public and patient involvement

To obtain input from those affected by brain tumours, we strongly recommend that applicants access our Research Involvement Network (RIN) for public and patient involvement. In order to receive feedback from the RIN, please allow for a minimum of 3 weeks turnaround time.

Key Dates:

2018 Grant call

Call open: 25 June 2018
Application deadline: 03 September 2018
Funding decision: 11 March 19

2019 Grant call

Call open: 07 January 2019
Application deadline: 18 March 2019
Funding decision: September 2019

Assessment Criteria

Proposals should address a key, unresolved area in brain tumour research that could lead to a shift in the concepts or methods that drive the field

  • Novelty of approach
    The project should be exploratory in nature and employ novel concepts, approaches or methods with innovative aims
  • Expertise of applicants
    The applicants must be appropriately trained and well suited to carry out the planned studies.  It is not essential for the Lead Applicant to have experience in brain tumour research; however there must be suitable collaborative arrangements with experts in this area
  • Feasibility of project
    The scientific rationale must logically support the proposed study.  The proposal must also expect meaningful results to support or reject the original hypothesis within the two year time frame
  • Potential impact on the field
    The project must challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies and have the potential for further investigation

Applying for this grant

Applications must be submitted online through our Grant Management Portal:

Apply here

Further information

If you would like to discuss project ideas or require any additional information, please contact the Research Team.
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 418190