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CRUK opportunity profile: Winning a New Investigator award

What does it take to win a coveted Cancer Research UK New Investigator award? Adam Smith gets advice on costings, peer review and interview strategies.


Cancer Research UK’s new investigator awards support 45 researchers across 21 universities. In 2011, the charity funded nine investigators with a total of £5.8 million. Application peer review focuses on the quality of the science, whereas interviews focus on a person’s potential as a research leader. Awards, which range from £25,000 to £2m and last for up to six years, are made by a seven-member CRUK panel. Eighty per cent of former CRUK investigators have won further CRUK funding.

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