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Cancer Research Transatlantic Development and Skills Enhancement (DSE) Award funding post


14 September 2023


13:00 on 01 December 2023

Supporting Information

This new award is a unique funding opportunity for UK-based cancer-focused researchers.

These awards are funded through a partnership between the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (UKRI-MRC), with in-kind support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the USA.

The awards will fund UK early to mid-career researchers to spend between 6 and 12 months at the world-class NCI Intramural Institutes, Centre for Cancer Research or Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, in Bethesda USA.

The aim is to support researchers, both clinical and non-clinical, in developing international collaborations and acquiring the necessary skills and experiences to underpin the next phase of their cancer research careers.

Submissions are welcome from any eligible applicant whose research falls within the NIHR or MRC remit. Applicants should be early to mid-career researchers who are looking to establish themselves or transition to independence in their field. You do not need to be an NIHR Academy member to apply, but if your application is successful you will automatically become one so that you can access the full benefits of membership.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The proposed Host Organisation must be a UK HEI, NHS body, or other provider of health and/or care services located in the UK or other organisation eligible for UKRI funding
  • Applicants must hold a relevant PhD or MD at the time of awarding
  • US placements must be at either National Cancer Institute (NCI) Intramural Institutes, Centre for Cancer Research or Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
  • Applicants must currently be a cancer researcher, or looking to apply other relevant skills and expertise within a cancer research setting.

Funding Available

A Cancer Research Transatlantic DSE Award provides funding for:

  • The salary of the award holder for 6-12 months
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs associated with visits to the NCI Host in the United States (including both personal and family relocation costs, visa costs and health insurance)
  • Training and development costs up to £5,000
  • Conference costs up to £2,000
  • Research costs and consumables:
  1. NCI partner research groups will support standard consumables, but where substantial or exceptional research costs are required for the proposed research and skills development, specific costs may be requested where justified.
  2. funding for clinical trials can not be requested, however, costs for collecting pilot data and conducting preliminary work to support future research funding applications can be included.

Full Economic Costings (FEC) are not covered by this award. Direct costs will be supported at 100%.

The submission deadline is 1pm on the 1st December 2023. All applications will be managed by the NIHR Academy.

Submission Window: 14 September 2023 to 1st December 2023 (1pm)

Start Dates: April 2024 to July 2024

Please note that there is a supporting webinar for prospective applicants, which will take place on Zoom on 13th October 2023 at 2pm. Find out more and register.