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£18m fund announced for brain tumour research

Will the extra funding speed up the availability of new treatments?


Research teams can apply for grants of up to £10m over five years to tackle brain tumours. The aim is to double survival statistics.


Up to £18m will be awarded in the first round of grants from the Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards together with the Brain Tumour Charity.


Researchers can submit their research ideas against the following themes via the Cancer Research UK website:

  • unlocking new insights into brain tumours using neuroscience
  • unpicking brain tumours’ biology to design more effective drugs
  • exploiting the brain tumour environment to make better treatments
  • developing more accurate ways to study brain tumours
  • improving brain tumour diagnosis to make treatment more personal
  • develop kinder treatments for brain tumours


The funding scheme is in addition to the £13m Cancer Research UK spend each year on brain tumour research and development. It is part of the charity’s commitment to invest an extra £25m over the next five years.


Further information

Cancer Research UK: £18m fund to tackle six biggest themes in brain tumour research launched today

Cancer Research UK: A better understanding of brain tumour biology will bring new treatments