FAST Early Detection of Cancer: A Call for Discipline-Bridging Initiator Project Proposals
Summary Being able to detect and diagnose cancer earlier is important if we are to reduce cancer mortality rates and improve patient outcomes. Many cancers are most successfully treated when diagnosed earlier, leading to dramatic increases in five- and ten-year patient survival. However, the most recent data available from 2014 suggests that almost half of all cancers are diagnosed at a late stage in England and Northern Ireland. Early detection research seeks to enable the detection of consequential cancer, or pre-cancerous states, at the earliest possible time point at which an intervention might be made. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) have recently carried out a multi-sector stakeholder consultation on the key research interventions that are needed to make a step-change in early detection of cancer. In collaboration with CRUK, the EPSRC FAST Healthcare NetworksPlus organised workshop focussing on three areas of research that emerged from the CRUK consultation which are of particular relevance to engineering and physical sciences. A report on this Workshop may be downloaded from the Network’s website.
The aim of this Call is to build new research collaborations across disciplines and organisations which address the specific outcomes from this Workshop Report on Early Detection of Cancer research which the FAST NetworksPlus has produced. This should lead on to a more substantial research programme which enhances research in the UK that aligns with the EPSRC’s Healthcare Technologies Theme.
Awards are limited to a maximum of £56,000 (based on a funding rate of 80% of full economic cost) and should last no more than 6 months. The Management Committee expect to make up to two awards.
Who Can Apply
Applications can only be submitted by academic and postdoctoral research staff at UK universities and associated research institutions that are eligible to receive EPSRC funding; applications by early career researchers are particularly welcome. Participation of industrial, clinical and other partners is encouraged, but they cannot receive grant funding. All of the Investigators in a proposal must have registered as members of the FAST Healthcare NetworksPlus before submitting their application. Membership is free and you can join via the FAST Healthcare NetworksPlus website.
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