Our research process ensures we only fund high-quality research that is relevant to primary bone cancer.
The Bone Cancer Research Trust funds research from a range of disciplines to help to find the cause or cure of primary bone cancer. We also fund research that will improve the care for patients with this disease.
We have four different schemes that provide funding for innovative ideas, preliminary data for larger proposals, and training opportunities for bone cancer researchers of the future:
Up to the value of £10,000
- If you have a research idea you think could make a real impact
- Available for bursaries for undergraduates to undertake a research project
Support for Sample Collection
Up to the value of £15,000 depending on the number of patient samples collected by the centre
- Invite applications from surgical centres to support the collection of patient samples and the use of these samples in high-quality research
- Grants can be to the value of £10,000-15,000 per annum for 3 years, however, continuation of funding will be reviewed yearly and will depend on the success of the previous year in collecting and sharing samples for research.
Up to the value of £70,000
- If you have a research idea that needs further exploration
- If you need preliminary data to apply for a large grant
Up to the value of £225,000
- If you are committed to a career in primary bone cancer research but need the starting qualification (PhD/MD)
- The principle investigator or candidate may apply
- This grant is for up to 4 years of study
Up to the value of £400,000
- If you want to establish yourself as a leading bone cancer researcher
- To provide pilot data for larger funding applications
- Post-doctoral candidates
- The applicant must apply
- This grant is for up to 3 years of study
Only about half of all the applications we receive will be funded.
The role of our Independent Scientific Advisory Panel is to evaluate all grant applications, and recommend to the Board of Trustees the grants that are suitable for funding.
The panel is comprised of experts who review all our grant applications for relevance, scientific merit, cost and suitability of the applicant. They also conduct interviews for Studentship and Fellowship applications.
- Chair: Professor Pamela Kearns, University of Birmingham
- Lay member: Mr Simon Allocca
- Member: Professor Andy Hall, Newcastle University
- Member: Professor Robert Brown, Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College London
- Member: Dr Richard Grose, Barts Cancer Institute
- Member: Dr Deborah Stocken, Newcastle University
The Bone Cancer Research Trust are dedicated to improving the outcomes for patients with primary bone cancer. One of the main ways in which we aim to do this, is by funding cutting edge research. Our funding is dedicated to projects that are genuinely centered around improving knowledge of this disease, with a clear line of sight to patient benefit and with good prospects of being published in high impact journals.
We fund research into the causes of the disease, research looking at cures and treatments and also research looking at care and quality of life; funding basic ideas through to translational research projects. Please download our full Research Funding Remit here to learn more (Updated February 2017).
To view our full 2017-2022 grant programme in line with our 5 year strategy, please view the full strategy document here.
2017 calls for applications
|Grant type||Opening date||Closing date|
|Explorer||17th August 2017||13th October 2017|
|Studentship||1st August 2017||20th October 2017|
|Clinical/Translational||21st August 2017||10th November 2017|
Explorer Grant with The Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust
The Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust and the Bone Cancer Research Trust are committed to improving outcomes for patients with Ewing Sarcoma and have therefore joined together to support a call for research projects specifically in this area.
Applications for funding of up to £70,000 are invited, which demonstrate a clear line of sight to benefiting patients with Ewing sarcoma. Applications should be for laboratory or surgical projects and should look to address scientific questions relating to Ewing sarcoma, for example improving the current understanding of its cause, or developing pioneering methods of diagnosis or treatment leading to cure.
Funding for this call has been provided by Ewing’s Sarcoma Research Trust and the grant will be administered through the Bone Cancer Research Trust. This call will open on 17th August 2017 and the deadline for submission is the 13th October 2017 at 5pm.
Interested candidates who wish to find out more, and request an application form, should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bone Cancer Research Trust is delighted to announce the opening of our latest PhD Studentship grant call, open to projects which aim to answer questions directly in the field of primary bone cancer.
The PhD studentship call is for projects up to the value of £170,000 and will open on 1st August 2017. The deadline for submission is the 20th October 2017 at 5pm.
Osteosarcoma Clinical/Translational Grant
Osteosarcoma has been recognised as a priority due to there currently being a lack of biological studies and clinical trials in this disease. Therefore, BCRT would like to invite applications for clinical/translational projects up to the value of £450,000, which focus on improving outcomes in patients with osteosarcoma. The grant will be split in to two parts, with £275K being available upfront and the further £175K being available if the applicants have made satisfactory progress and achieved what was set out in the first 18 months – 2 years.
BCRT are seeking proposals that are hypothesis driven and with the potential of bringing a step-change in treatment for osteosarcoma. Proposals should emphasise and pay particular attention to how the study will benefit patients with osteosarcoma and should describe clearly the vision for progression to a clinical trial in this disease. Applicants should also describe clearly how they will disseminate the results of their work and how this will act as a catalyst to stimulate further research in osteosarcoma. BCRT encourages applications from younger clinicians and researchers, in partnership with senior colleagues and strongly encourages proposals which demonstrate strong national /international collaboration.
This call opened on the 21st August 2017 and the deadline for submission is the 10th November 2017 at 5pm.
Interested candidates who wish to find out more, and request an application form for any of the 3 available grant calls, should contact us at email@example.com
If you would like to be added to our 'Researcher Database' in order to be the first to hear of our future grant openings, conferences of interest or to find out more information on our research, please contact our research team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Bone Cancer Research Trust, we do not allow the resubmission of any previously unsuccessful proposals, unless you have been explicitly invited to resubmit.
Details of any requirements for resubmission, as requested by our Independent Scientific Advisory Panel, will be described in detail in the application and review feedback. You can download our resubmissions policy here (updated January 2017).