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Current iGrants

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We fund research that highlights or meets the needs of cancer patients and their families, including cancer prevention research.

Our Innovation Grants (now called iGrants) are more than just innovation. We’d also support projects that implement great ideas, involve patients and public, influence policy and practice, and invest in the future. 

You can view our completed iGrant projects here.

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015


Application of Virtual Reality in an Oncology Healthcare setting; Does it improve the patient experience and increase treatment tolerance?

Dr Tara Daisley-Devoy, Velindre Cancer Centre
Start date: January 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £9,535.74

Exploring the Effectiveness and Health Economic Impact of Using Technology in the Assessment of Lymphoedema

Mrs Cheryl Pike, Lymphoedema Network Wales
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £29,000

FIT FOR TREATMENT? Health advice given to women with breast cancer

Professor Michael Lewis, Swansea University
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £30,000

The epidemiology, healthcare and societal cost of Melanoma in Wales: Analyses of standalone and linked national databases

Mr John Gibson, Swansea University
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £7,706

Barriers to and facilitators of physical activity in cancer patients with brain tumours in Wales and Bangladesh

Dr Ishrat Islam, Cardiff University
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £29,999

What are the education needs of lymphoedema practitioners to be able to adequately support men with/after genito-urinary cancers?

Dr Melanie Thomas, Lymphoedema Network Wales
Start date: April 2019
Duration: 24 months
Funding amount: £28,000


Community based Point of care (PoC) white cell count testing to improve pathways for cancer patients with sepsis whilst receiving chemotherapy: a pilot study

Dr Richard Adams, Cardiff University, Velindre Cancer Centre, Wales Cancer Trials Unit
Start date: January 2018
Duration: 22 months
Funding amount: £30,000

KeepYouSafe: a Cancer Care Checklist application

Dr Christian Subbe, Bangor University
Start date: April 2018
Duration: 12 months
Funding amount: £29,670

Biomarkers of progression from Barrett's oesophagus to oesophageal adenocarcinoma

Dr Hani Alastal, University of South Wales
Start date: April 2018
Duration: 22 months
Funding amount: £29,966

Can PocketMedic improve patient experience & resource utilisation in radiotherapy treatment planning?

Dr Russell Banner, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB
Start date: April 2018
Duration: 20 months
Funding amount: £30,000

Development of a brief decision aid to present the benefits and risks of Aspirin as a preventive strategy for bowel cancer to members of the public who are eligible for screening

Dr Stephanie Smits & Dr Sunil Dolwani, Cardiff University
Start date: May 2018
Duration: 15 months
Funding amount: £28,782

CLOSE-IT: CLOsurE of Ileostomy Timing. An audit of the variation in timing of ileostomy closure after anterior resection for rectal cancer 

Mrs Julie Cornish, Cwm Taf UHB
Start date: April 2018
Duration: 12 months
Funding amount: £20,000

Overcoming eating difficulties during chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatment 

Professor Jane Hopkinson, Cardiff University
Start date: July 2018
Duration: 13 months
Funding amount: £29,924

Cancer prevention among Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: a participatory action research project

Professor Louise Condon, Swansea University
Start date: June 2018
Duration: 12 months
Funding amount: £29,924


The Empower Project: evaluating a patient designed tool to reduce harm from cancer-associated thrombosis

Professor Simon Noble, Cardiff University
Start date: 
April 2017
24 months
Funding amount: 

Optimised and Equitable care for Welsh Cancer Patients undergoing emergency surgery

Dr Rachael Barlow, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Start date: March 2017 (on hold)
Duration: 12 months
Funding amount: £30,000

Nutrition and Food Safety intervention

Dr Ellen Evans, Cardiff Metropolitan University (Joint funded with SEWAHSP)
Start date: September 2017
Duration: 17 months
Funding amount: £16,095


An exploratory study of the ability of F-FDG PET to predict response to palliative chemotherapy in patients with poor-prognosis, recurrent/metastatic head and neck cancer

Professor John Chester, Cardiff University
Start date: April 2015 (Extended to January 2020)
Funded amount: £29,870

An investigation into contemporary factors influencing the outcome of multidisciplinary stage directed treatment of pancreatic cancer

Dr Nicholas Mowbray, Singleton Hospital (Supported by Amser Justin Time)
Start date: March 2015 (Extended to March 2019)
Funded amount: £8,496