Putting our region's cancer needs first

Research Funding

North West Cancer Research fund cancer research across a range of specialties. We fund research into understanding and stopping cancers that are most important and significant to the needs of the people of the North West of England and North Wales.


We fund only the highest quality research using a rigorous peer review process to determine the most relevant, important and worthy research.

We are members of the Association of Medical Research Council (AMRC) and adhere to their processes and guidance to ensure our funding and management of our research priorities are transparent and rigorous.

Annually, we make several calls which are advertised via the website and through networks of academic institutions, our NHS partners and clinical research collaborators.

Our calls are streamed reflecting our research strategy priorities. These streams are developed with individual criteria and researchers should read and adhere to the relevant application guidance and criteria advertised with the individual stream.

Current Research Calls

Cancer Discovery Call

We invite applications from principal researchers to submit proposals that seek to uncover the foundational knowledge needed to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.


NWCR & Tenovus Phd Studentship

NWCR and Tenovus Cancer Care seek to fund a health services PhD research award which will aim to impact cancer policy or practice through the targeted area of psycho-social oncology.


Our Research Process

Research Strategy

Read about the focus of our research, our organisational strategy and types of funding available.

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Peer Review Process

North West Cancer Research peer review processes are adopted in line with the AMRC guidance.

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Current Research

We fund pioneering research to tackle the cause, improve the care and find the cure for cancer.

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