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Transformational Research Awards (blood cancers | UK)

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The Transformational Research Awards funded by the Blood Cancer UK supports research proposals that aim to achieve transformative advancements for individuals affected by any form of blood cancer. The scheme is designed to support advanced pre-clinical translational research, clinical studies or trials, or the establishment of evidence necessary for the adoption of improved treatments or technologies into the NHS.

The program encourages applications that focus on progressing:

  1. The development, testing, or clinical uptake of better and kinder treatments.
  2. The development, testing, or implementation of novel diagnostics, imaging, or other technologies.
  3. Improvements to current clinical practice, disease management, or quality of life for people living with blood cancer.


  • The main applicants should have a permanent or long-term rolling contract, with their salary being funded by the host organization throughout the award period.
  • Applicants must possess postdoctoral research experience or its equivalent and must be employed as scientists, clinicians, or healthcare professionals at a UK university, medical school, hospital, or another recognized academic research institution.
  • Senior postdoctoral researchers leading a project can serve as the main applicant and request salary support. However, they must also include a co-applicant with tenure based at their host organization or provide assurance from their Head of Department regarding the provision of space and facilities for the award duration.
  • The fund provides a maximum of 1,000,000 GBP for up to 5 years.

The scheme follows a two-stage application process, starting with an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) stage. The deadline for EOIs is 3 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Shortlisted applicants from the EOI stage will be invited to submit a full application in early September 2024.

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