Seed Grant Opportunity

The Canary Center at Stanford and CRUK Cambridge Centre are partnering on a shared mission to advance early cancer detection and aim to establish new international collaborations to help achieve their goals.

We are inviting members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre and (associate) members of the Canary Center at Stanford to submit collaborative project proposals for this joint funding opportunity.

The proposals should fall under the aims of our Early Detection Programs:

1. Understanding the earliest steps of cancer development at the cell and molecular level;
2. Developing new methods of detecting cancer even prior to the appearance of symptoms;
3. Understanding the implications of early detection for health, medicine and society;
4. Undertaking clinical studies to evaluate new diagnostics, therapies and interventions.


The awards are expected to support development of preliminary data that can be used for future external funding applications, or to fund a workshop for the exploration and expansion of ideas for collaborative projects between the two centres that require seed funding, leading to the establishment of a joint project.

Multidisciplinary collaborative projects, with contributions from basic scientists and clinicians, are particularly welcome.

Eligibility: Proposed projects should be collaborative between the CRUK Cambridge Centre and the Canary Center at Stanford. At least one of the investigators on each proposal should be a member or associate member of the Canary Center at Stanford AND at least one of the investigators should be a member of the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection programme (see here for early detection labs and associate members).

Amount of funding: Up to 3 projects at £100,000 in total direct costs, tenable for up to two years

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017


For more information, download the complete Call for Applications here:

ED Pump Priming Call 2018 Call


To submit an application, please download the Application Form here:

Application Form (.doc)



All application forms must be emailed to by November 17, 2017

2016 Canary Center Seed Grant Awardees

2015 Canary Center Seed Grant Awardees