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We fund world-class cancer research which covers a variety of projects including prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, support, survivorship and end of life care.

Cancer types

We don’t restrict our research funding to one particular type of cancer. Many of the projects we fund are applicable to all cancer types, and could ultimately benefit all cancer patients. We also fund research which focusses on specific types of cancer. These include some of the most common, including breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer, but also some of the more underfunded cancers like pancreatic, uterus, kidney, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma or head and neck.


We fund researchers in institutions across Wales including universities, hospitals, health boards and community settings. We are also interested in collaborative work and partnerships. If you have an idea you’d like to discuss, get in touch with

Types of funding

We fund a wide range of projects through a number of funding streams. Our research in the lab investigates how cancers form, and develops new drugs for some of the hardest to treat cancers. Our projects in the community look at how to improve the lives of people throughout their cancer journey, particularly projects which have real and lasting impact.

These funding streams are split into PhD Studentships, iGrants, Research Strategy Grants, KESS studentships and RCBC projects.

PhD Studentships

PhD Studentships are long term projects which address the more fundamental and comprehensive challenges that cancer creates. These projects contain expertise to address these challenges independently of the remit to feed directly back into Tenovus Cancer Care services. We offer up to £90,000 of funding for lab-based projects (up to £60,000 for non-lab, community based projects) over a three year period. Our PhD students are the future of cancer research, and these bright young minds are working on a range of innovative and exciting projects. 


Our iGrants represent innovative projects that implement great ideas. They involve patients and the public, influence policy and practice, and invest in the future. These are projects which have the potential to change cancer treatment and care, with particular emphasis on applicability and implementation.

Our iGrants give Healthcare Professionals the opportunity to develop new ways to treat and support cancer patients and their loved ones, during and after their treatment. Our iGrants funding offers a maximum of £30,000 for up to 24 months. See our current and completed iGrants here.

KESS Studentships

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a major European Convergence programme led by Bangor University on behalf of the Welsh higher education sector. KESS offers collaborative research projects linked with a local company partner, with scholarships supported by European Social Funding across Wales. For more information about the KESS programme, head to their website

RCBC Projects

The Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) is a partnership between six universities and allied health departments in Wales that aims to increase research capacity in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy and the allied health professions.

This type of funding allows newcomers or those wishing to update their research expertise to conduct research for one day a week over 12 months, allowing the individual to remain in post with their current employer. The scheme is mainly funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales and we are a company partner who provide additional funding. For more information about RCBC, head to their website

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