We only accept applications from the proposed supervisor. Students who are interested in becoming a Breast Cancer Now PhD student should contact the supervisors directly.
Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID19 crisis we will not be awarding the phd studentships grants round in December 2020 as previously planned. We are hoping to open a new funding round in Spring 2020, we will keep our website updated with dates for new grant rounds. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Read our Full PhD Grant Guidelines.
1. About Our Project Grant
The scope of the scheme
Our PhD studentships are designed to capture new and highly qualified science graduates into a career of breast cancer research. The Grants Committee will assess applications based on:
- The research plan
- Clear relevance to breast cancer research
- The perceived outcomes that will lead to a significant advance in understanding of breast cancer
- The quality of the environment in which the award is to be held
- The support provided by the supervisor and the host institution to help develop the student's career in research
It is the expectation that the awards will enrich scientific understanding and expertise in breast cancer research. Applicants should have conducted independent research in the field of breast cancer or be an experienced researcher in a related field and wish to build on their history and reputation in the breast cancer area, deepening their knowledge and experience.
PhD grant awards are for three years and can cover student stipend, student fees, and college fees (where applicable), research expenses and essential equipment. Applications should be made by the Principal Investigator whose position and salary will be guaranteed by the host institution.
Our PhD grants are available to researchers working in an institution in the UK or Ireland. Co-Applicants may be based elsewhere, but the PhD studentship and its Principal Investigator must be based at an institution in the UK or Ireland in order to be eligible for funding.
Collaborative applications from within UK and Ireland are welcome, although the contracted grant (and associated funding arrangements) will be with the lead applicant's institution. Named academic Collaborators are permitted from outside the UK or Ireland.
What areas of research will Breast Cancer Now support?
We are interested in funding research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer, and welcome applications from all disciplines.
The funding available
Project grants are available up to the value of £105,000 for a three year PhD or £140,000 for a four year PhD – costs requested must not exceed this cap and will include the £1,900 for conference costs.
PhD funds can now be requested for 3 or 4 year studentships. However, the overall cost of a PhD studentship should not exceed £35,000 per annum, including London weighting and conference costs (i.e. you cannot request a fourth year of funds for a 3 year PhD). In the event that costs may exceed this in a specific year, please contact us.
Please note the following:
- The applicant and PhD studentship must be based within the UK or Ireland in a recognised academic institution
- Lead Applicants must be a permanent salaried member of staff at a recognised academic institution
- However, Lead Applicants with a fixed-term position may apply as long as the grant falls fully within the period covered by their tenure
- Applicants should have a strong academic track record in the field of breast cancer
- Principal Investigators may not apply for more than one grant as lead PI but may apply as a Co-Applicant or Collaborator on more than one application
The following are not eligible and will not be accepted:
- Applications for clinical PhD’s
- Applications for part-time studentships
- We will not accept applications from the potential students themselves
- Research into conditions other than breast cancer. We will accept applications for Co-morbidity projects
- Applications for equipment only. We will accept requests for equipment as part of a larger grant, but you must include a clear justification for the equipment in your research proposal
- An application from a commercial entity
- Applications for PhD grants which request funding for consumables or running costs only
- Applications from an individual who is NOT employed by an eligible institution i.e. a university or research institute
- Applications for methods or service development
If you are unsure about the eligibility and remit of your PhD studentship, please contact the Research Funding Team email email@example.com before you submit your application. Once the deadline has passed there will be no opportunity to debate individual circumstances and applications not meeting the requirements will be rejected without peer review.
3. How to Apply
Applications should be made using our online grant management system Grant Tracker. You must complete all sections of the application form (see guidelines here) and yourself, any Co-Applicants, the Head of Department and the University/Institution Research Grants office (or finance office if not applicable) must complete the declarations online in order to submit your application. Co-Applicants must confirm their involvement and provide a full CV online. Each Collaborator must confirm their involvement in the project online and provide a letter detailing their role in the project.
If you have any queries about filling in this application form, please contact the Research Funding Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 749 0893.
Please read our full PhD grant guidelines before applying.
4. The Review Process
We use a preliminary screening step in our review process. The Grants Committee members carry out an initial review of all the applications and identify those they think will not be competitive. These applications will not be sent out for external peer review and will not be considered for funding. If we are not going to take your application any further, we will let you know within 12 weeks of the application deadline, and we will send you feedback from the Grants Committee. Please read Our Funding Processes for more information.
6. Contact us
If you are unsure about the eligibility and remit of your project, please contact the Research Funding team before you submit your application. Once the deadline has passed there will be no opportunity to consider individual circumstances and applications not meeting the requirements will be rejected without peer review.
We can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 020 7749 0893.
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