TYAC Late Effects Research Grants

We are delighted to announce that TYAC's first research grants are now open to applications!

The focus of our first grant round is late effects in response to research priorities identified by TYA, professionals and carers. As per our research strategy, we aim to align our research projects with the top ten priorities identified by the Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Priority Setting Partnership (PSP). Therefore we are looking for projects that both clinical and psycho-social late effects, and fit into one of the following PSP priorities:

1. What psychological support package improves psychological well-being, social functioning and mental health during and after treatment? (focusing on after treatment)

2. What interventions, including self-care, can reduce or reverse adverse short and long-term effects of cancer treatment? (self care includes diet and exercise)

9. What is the best method of follow-up and timing which causes the least psychological and physical harm, while ensuring relapse/complications are detected early?

You should indicate in your application which of the PSP priority areas your project falls into. You can refer to the links above and the PSP report for some of the unanswered questions that feed into these priorities. 

The grants

Project grants of up to £30,000 over a maximum of 24 months are available for a clearly defined new research activity addressing a key question in late effects of TYA cancer (which falls into the PSP priorities identified above). We intend to award up to two grants in total.

This grant may support a stand-alone small-scale project (including a scoping study with the aim to provide the foundation for a subsequent larger project) or a delineated research activity which is part of a wider research project or research strategy. However, all applications must clearly describe the outputs intended to be achieved through this grant, and how their study will support improvement in outcomes for TYA which can include quality of life, patient reported and clinical outcomes.

All areas of research related to the late effects of cancer TYA will be considered. The study may focus on a single TYA cancer type, or TYA cancers more broadly. We also recognise that there may be some overlap and the study may include younger children or older adults - but the main focus should be on teenagers and young adults, i.e. those aged 13-24 at diagnosis.

Full details of the process involved in identifying the Top 10 research questions for TYA can be found here:

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 2 March 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Funding is available to UK based research organisations, i.e. universities and hospitals.

Key facts:

  • Clearly defined research project addressing a key question about the late effects of cancer treatment for teenagers and young adults. The project must fit into one of the identified TYA PSP themes.
  • Up to £30,000 over a maximum of 24 months is available
  • Deadline 17:00 on 2 March 2022

Applications will be judged on:

  • Research need and scope
  • Quality of preliminary data (if available) and hypothesis
  • Design of proposed study
  • Leadership and expertise of research team
  • Justification of resources
  • Patient and public involvement, and dissemination (see below)

Please note that all of our grant rounds have a focus on the provision of information which is accessible for patients, families and the general public. In the ‘Plain English Summary’ section, we encourage all applicants to write their responses in a form which can be easily understood by a lay audience. Please refer to the lay summary guidance on our website to ensure your writing meets our expectations. If, during the peer review process, this section is not deemed to be clearly understandable, applicants will be asked to resubmit a new version.

All applicants are requested to provide a title, accessible outline of their proposed research and an overview of the project strengths which should be easily understood by a lay audience. TYAC is committed to funding projects which support greater engagement and involvement with patients, families and the general public. All applicants are asked to describe any plans for engagement and involvement with members of the public throughout the various stages of their research project, including proposals for dissemination that are accessible for a lay audience. Specifically, applicants are asked to comment on how these activities can influence and help your research to achieve a greater and broader impact.

For further information, the following external websites may help you with ideas for how to involve members of the public in your research, together with good practice guidelines. Alternatively, most universities and research institutes will be able to provide their own researchers with support in developing these aspects into research proposals.

Application Process

All applications should be submitted through our online portal (link below). You will need to sign up for an account with us to complete this process. Applications must be completed by 17.00 on 2 March 2022.

Applications will be awarded through a competitive peer reviewed process (in line with AMRC principles) and a recommendation will be made by our Research Advisory Group (RAG) to the TYAC Executive who will have final decision on the grants awarded under delegated authority from the CCLG Trustees.

Awarded grants will be subject to the CCLG Grant Terms and Conditions  

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Sarah Evans, Research Manager.

How research applications are selected

Excellent research governance is at the heart of our research decision making. Our research grant award process is based on guidance from the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Our independent Research Advisory Group (RAG) overseas our research grant rounds. All of our RAG members and external peer reviewers are asked to declare any Conflicts of interest and adhere to our membership requirements and conditions. Following peer review, the RAG will discuss and rank the applications for funding.

Guidance for applicants 

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