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Highlight Notice: Brain Tumours



This call supports the report of the Department of Health and Social Care Task & Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research. It encourages collaborative applications that demonstrate how they build on recent initiatives and investment in the area made by the NIHR, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and other research funders.

Research could involve any aspect of the diagnosis, treatment, support or care of patients with brain tumours, including access to or the delivery of services. Research methods may involve primary research or evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews, modelling studies or the analysis of existing datasets.

Proposals should clearly identify the research context of their proposal in terms of recent and currently funded UK and international research in the area and the potential impact of their proposed research for patients, carers and the NHS.


The Department of Health and Social Care, and the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission are hosting two free webinars on 5 and 7 October 2021, aimed at increasing the number of successful funding applications in brain tumour research. The webinars are open to all researchers and clinicians who want to apply for brain tumour research funding.

Speakers are from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), The Brain Tumour Charity (TBTC) and Brain Tumour Research (BTR).

Each speaker will cover the common elements of strong applications, explain possible pitfalls, and provide an overview of relevant funding opportunities from their organisations. Each webinar will conclude with a question and answer session; please note that the speakers are unable to give individual feedback on current or past applications.

Register for the webinars  (You can sign up for one or both sessions).

Participating programmes

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)

Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR)

Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

Invention for Innovation (i4i)

Programmes Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)

Public Health Research (PHR)

Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)

Research Training Programmes

Funded research

For more information on research funded in this area, please visit Open data - brain tumours.