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Expressions of Interest are open

Inviting international teams to apply 

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Funding team science on a global scale

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 22 June 2023. We’re inviting international teams to come together, think differently and take on one of our new challenges

See below for full details on how to apply, and register your interest by 15 June.

How to apply

Step 1 - Read the Expression of Interest Guidelines

You can find the Expression of Interest (EOI) Guidelines here. They contain all you need to know about how to put together an EOI and what we’re looking for from applicant teams.

Step 2 - Register with Cancer Research UK's Flexi-Grant

You will need to be registered with Cancer Research UK’s grants management system, Flexi-Grant. Visit and follow the 'Register' link.

Step 3 - Complete the eligibility questionnaire

Complete the eligibility questionnaire by 15 June 2023.

Once you’ve done so, an EOI form will be opened for you on Flexi-Grant – or a member of the Cancer Grand Challenges office team will be in touch with any questions about your answers.

Step 4 - Submit your Expression of Interest

Submit your EOI by 22 June 2023. The EOI will set out your vision and broad ambition for tackling your selected challenge, and detail the members of your international team.

Contact us

If you have a question, please get in touch with our team by emailing [email protected] or by calling +44 (0) 20 3469 8855. Please note, our grants office is based in the UK so responses may be slower outside of British working hours.

Key dates

June 2023: Expression of Interest deadline

Complete your eligibility questionnaire by 15 June and submit your Expression of Interest by 22 June 2023.

July 2023: Scientific Committee review

All EOIs will be reviewed against the assessment criteria in the guidelines, by our Cancer Grand Challenges Scientific Committee.

August 2023: Shortlisted teams announced and seed funding issued

Up to 12 teams will be shortlisted and will receive seed funding of £30k to help them build their full applications.

October 2023: Full application deadline

Shortlisted teams will submit a 20,000 word full application by 26 October 2023.

December 2023: Applicant interviews

Shortlisted teams will attend an interview with the Cancer Grand Challenges Scientific Committee on 11-13 December 2023.

March 2024: Funded teams announced

Successful teams each receive up to £20m in funding to come together, think differently and take on one of cancer’s toughest challenges. See our currently funded teams.