Researching the cures


Applying for a research grant


While the understanding of the biology of pancreatic cancer has increased in recent years, overall survival rates remain abysmally low. Our aim is to improve patient survival chances and ultimately find cures.

Given that early detection, diagnosis and successful treatment of pancreatic cancer are still major challenges, the charity is making these its priority areas for research funding. We’re interested in innovative, high-quality studies to develop novel therapies and diagnostics. In particular, we’re looking to support research with high potential translational impact and aimed at bringing new lab findings quickly to the clinic.

Type of award

The charity offers project grants. Proposed projects should be milestone-driven, with clearly defined outcomes and future value.

PhD studentships can be included within a project grant application, but the application must be made by the potential supervisor. The charity does not accept applications from PhD students themselves.

In 2018, application success rates were 20%.

Amount of award

Up to £220,000. The award can cover salary or research costs or a mixture of both.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is an NIHR Partner Organisation, ensuring that studies we accept for funding will be eligible for inclusion in the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio.This will allow the studies to have access to clinical infrastructure/NHS Service Support through the NIHR Clinical Research Networks.


Up to three years.

Use of animals in research

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), we support the principle that animals can be used in medical research where it is necessary to advance understanding of serious health conditions and to develop better treatments and where there is no alternative means of finding out that information without using animals. Find out more on the AMRC website.


  • The main applicant must be a suitably qualified researcher (minimum of PhD or equivalent qualification or research experience).
  • The principal applicant should be based in a UK or Republic of Ireland research institution, although proposals involving collaboration with a researcher or researchers outside these countries are welcomed.

Timetable and Applications Procedure

The normal timetable for our peer review process can be viewed here.

We have one Award Round per year.

The 2021 Award Round has now closed.

Scientific Advisory Panel

In accordance with best practice for medical research charities, we have appointed a Scientific Advisory Panel, which is made up of prominent cancer experts. They act in a voluntary capacity and ensure that the research the charity funds is of the highest quality and will lead to developments in detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Find out more about our Scientific Advisory Panel

For more information about the types of research we fund, please read our Research Strategy.