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Apply for a Lung Cancer Research Grant

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation funds research grants for early detection and patient experience

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are pleased to announce they are open for research applications.

We fund research grants into the following areas:

  • Early detection of lung cancer: Applications are invited for research projects into high risk population stratification and molecular screening.
  • Patient experience: We invite applications from professional groups, such as nurses and Allied Health Professionals who are very involved in the patient experience of lung cancer.

Types of research grants

We offer different types of lung cancer research grants:

Pilot grants

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation pilot grants are available to allow established scientists to investigate and develop new ideas in the field of lung cancer research in the areas of Early Detection and Patient Experience.

Pilot grants will be awarded if they can clearly demonstrate that support is for a new direction of research for researchers to test hypotheses to provide sufficient data for a full application to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

It is expected in general that a pilot grant will be used to fund a discrete piece of research that will not be supplemented from other sources. The applicant must have a proven track record in their own scientific field and be employed in a UK or Ireland university or research institute.

These grants will not exceed 12 months duration and a maximum of £25,000 may be applied for.

Project grants

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation projects grants are available to support innovative research in to lung cancer in the areas of Early Detection and Patient Experience.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation will award project grants for a clear research proposal of relevance to RCLCF lung cancer research topics and is expected to lead to a significant advance of understanding of lung cancer and its impact.

The applicants should have conducted independent research in the field of lung cancer or be an experienced researcher in a related field, and wish to build on their history and reputation in the lung cancer area, deepening their knowledge and experience.

These grants are awarded for up to two years and will not normally exceed £75,000 per annum.

How to apply

The application process is now open.

Early Detection or Patient Experience pilot and project applications are now invited for the 2022 open grants round. The closing date is 12.00 noon on Monday 25 April 2022. Unfortunately we are unable to consider research applications which focus on therapies, or mesothelioma.

We are advised that Mesothelioma UK currently have a research funding call, details of which can be found here: Guidance on applying for funding | Mesothelioma UK

Notice to applicants: Due to restrictions of our server, we are unable to receive emails with attachments exceeding 10MB. If your research application exceeds 10MB please send documents via Dropbox to grants@roycastle.org.


Please note there are two different versions of Form B depending on whether you are applying for a PILOT grant (up to £25,000 for one year) or a PROJECT grant (up to £75,000 per annum for one or two years).

Please refer to Guidelines 2022 when completing the forms.