Bowel Cancer UK Pilot Grants

Closing Date: 11/11/2022

Grants available to researchers at institutions in the UK for pilot projects with the potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer.

The Bowel Cancer UK Pilot Grants provide funding over a maximum of 18 months for pilot studies to generate data and assess the feasibility of progressing to a full-scale study.

For the 2022/23 application round, Bowel Cancer UK is seeking to support innovative research with the potential to facilitate a shift towards earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer in the UK. Currently, fewer than 40% of people are diagnosed at Stage 1 and 2, when bowel cancer is more treatable and curable. Bowel Cancer UK is aiming to address the prevalence of late diagnosis and work towards diagnosing bowel cancer at the earliest possible stage.

Research themes of interest include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Understanding and overcoming barriers to symptomatic individuals seeking help.
  • Research into innovative solutions to support earlier diagnosis across primary and secondary care.
  • Initiatives to increase uptake of bowel cancer screening in areas of low engagement, including addressing the impact of health inequalities.
  • Research focused on improving national bowel cancer screening programmes, including new modes of screening, improvements to using FIT and risk stratification.

Preliminary data is not required in order to apply. The grants are intended to enable researchers to obtain preliminary data for a larger grant application and studies should be designed to gather the information to determine whether a full-scale study would be feasible.

The Bowel Cancer UK research strategy is based on recommendations made in its ‘Critical Gaps in Colorectal Cancer Research (pdf link)‘ initiative, which consulted scientists, clinicians and patients to identify and prioritise the areas of research with the greatest potential impact on bowel cancer.

Funding body Bowel Cancer UK
Maximum value £25,000
Reference ID S24300
Category Medical Research
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