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Tenovus Cancer Care iGrants

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

We’ve renamed our Innovation grants to iGrants to reflect the breadth of projects we’ve supported in the past, and the types of proposals we’d like to receive in the future. Although innovation is vitally important, the iGrant funding stream has a broader remit than innovation alone. We also like to support projects that implement great ideas, involve patients and public, influence policy and practice, and invest in the future.

All should demonstrate an impact on cancer patients and their families, or have the potential to do so in the future.

Our annual iGrant call for Expressions of Interest will run from April to June 2017 for projects starting in April 2018.

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Eligibility and Guidance

The Tenovus Cancer Care iGrants are open to all, where the lead applicant is based in Wales. Co-applicants or collaborators may be from outside of Wales. We welcome applications for projects of all sizes up to a maximum of £30,000 for up to 12 months. Projects must meet the vision and mission of Tenovus Cancer Care. Projects must have a research element; there must be a research question or uncertainty being investigated. Proposals should demonstrate an impact on cancer patients and their families, or have the potential to do so in the future. Read our full iGrant guidance notes here.

Apply for an iGrant

The application process consists of two stages - the Expression of Interest (EoI) stage and the full application stage. All applicants should complete the EoI form which can be downloaded here. This application will be reviewed by our Research Advisory Group. Please read the iGrants call guidance document before submitting your application.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm Thursday 1st June 2017.

Applications should be submitted to or posted to us at Tenovus Cancer Care, Gleider House, Ty Glas Road, Cardiff CF14 5BD.

Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application in July which will be reviewed by experts in the field and once again by our Research Advisory Group, to ensure successful projects really will have an impact and meet the real needs of people living with cancer and its effects.

What are we looking for?


We are looking for innovative projects and novel ideas with practical objectives and realistic plans. Funded projects will aim to make a difference to cancer patients and their families and have a continuing impact after the funding is completed.

Examples of innovative funded projects: Lives at Risk (Rapport, 2014 grant), Training Simulator for Transperineal Ultrasound Guided Biopsies (Edwards, 2015 grant), Use of reflexology in managing lymphoedema (Harris, 2012 grant).


While we seek innovation this does not exclude the development of earlier research nor approaches that have been trialled elsewhere; proposals could cover ways of improving current or even established services that need fresh ideas and actions.

Example of a funded project seeking to implement a service: PAVE the Way (Clark, 2015 grant).


We believe that active involvement of members of the public from project conception to completion leads to research that is more relevant, more reliable and more likely to be used to improve health and social care services. We are looking for projects that not only involve the public, but that aim to increase understanding and participation in public and patient involvement in research.

Example of a funded project that increased understanding of participation in research Tell me More (Moore, 2012 grant).


We are keen to support projects that may lead to a change in policy or practice.

Examples of funded projects that have or may influence policy or practice: Perceptions and Attitudes of Cancer Survivors and Cancer Health Care Professionals in ABMU Health Board on the Welsh Government Cancer Key Worker Initiative (Thomas, 2014 grant), Improving the experience of out-patient cancer treatment for people with comorbid dementia in Wales (Hopkinson, 2014 grant), Developing a simple screening tool to detect chronic gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms after pelvic radiotherapy in cancer survivors (Green, 2012 grant).

Invest in the future

We support early stage research and researchers throughout Wales by: providing funding for feasibility and pilot studies that may lead on to future larger funded studies; supporting smaller studies that add value to current funded work, and actively supporting early career researchers.

Examples of funded projects which invested in the future by supporting early career researchers: An experimental study into the effect of radiation and electromagnetic interference upon cardiac devices and leads implanted in cancer patients receiving external beam radiotherapy, Lauren Evans (2014 grant), Decision aid for ovarian cancer, Jana Witt (2012 grant). Both were PhD students and their innovation grant covered a small, related piece of work.