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New Research Grants Round Announced by Big C

27 April 2023

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An invitation for new research PhD studentship grant applications has today been announced by local cancer charity, Big C.

A total of £150,000 will be awarded to support PhD students at the University of East Anglia whose research will benefit cancer patients.

Applications are welcomed from all institutions across the Norwich Research Park, and the regional NHS trusts across all disciplines, including the social sciences, from those working on projects that have potential benefit to those affected by cancer, now or in the future. Applications in all areas of cancer research are welcomed, including prevention, lifestyle (e.g. diet, physical activity etc), fundamental mechanisms, diagnostics and novel therapies.

Unusually for a local, independent, charity, Big C has awarded grants for research since the early days of the organisation. Over the past seven years alone, Big C has invested £2.1 million into cancer research at the Norwich Research Park. These projects have resulted in transformative advances in bowel, prostate and blood cancers amongst others, making a local, national and international difference in the fight against cancer now and for tomorrow.

Confirmation of the new grants round came this week from Dr Chris Bushby who was hosting a special ‘Norwich Cancer Research Showcase’ event exploring 20 years of innovating cancer research, funded by the local cancer charity at the Norwich Research Park. Speaking and presenting at the event were leading UEA and other Norwich based cancer scientists who have made significant contributions to cancer research.

Dr Chris Bushby, Chief Executive at Big C, said, “We are proud to invest in ground-breaking projects taking place in Norfolk at the world-renowned Norwich Research Park and we look forward to receiving applications for this new round of PhD studentships.”

Dr Melanie Pascale, Director of Charitable Operations at Big C said, “Many in the region are aware of Big C’s cancer support centres and help for those affected by cancer in our community. Lesser known is the charity’s investment into ground-breaking cancer research taking place on our doorstep at the Norwich Research Park”.

The funding available will be allocated to support a percentage of the PhD fees and the full stipend (at nominal rates for EU nationals) to a maximum of £50,000 per PhD over three years. The investment will be made in accordance with Big C’s governance framework for the consideration and review of grant applications. Applications will be peer reviewed and subject to consideration by Big C’s Research Advisory Panel of independent scientific experts and Big C Trustees, before the awards will be announced.

Those interested in applying are advised to read the relevant funding conditions which will be available to view on the Big C website from 1 May 2023 please visit

The application deadline is 5pm on 31 Aug 2023.

For grant application enquiries, please contact Kate Morgan

For enquiries relating to clinical research, please contact Dr Melanie Pascale

Image Credit: Big C

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