MCRC Springboard Award

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Do you have an early stage innovation that has the potential to deliver improved patient impact?

The MCRC Springboard Award is now open and designed to support you and your innovation and accelerate your project to reach its full potential. Administrated through the Manchester Cancer Research Centre Commercialisation and Innovation Team with support from The University of Manchester Innovation Factory and Cancer Research Horizons, the funding will help you launch your exciting ideas and overcome the financial obstacles you might otherwise face.

Along with key funding, successful/selected projects will have access to a major support system of industry connections, commercial advice, and business-planning workshops.


The Award Details

The MCRC Springboard Award is a translational research fund aiming to support projects that align with the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre themes:

  • Cancer Early Detection
  • Radiotherapy BioAdaptation
  • Cancer Biomarkers
  • Digital Cancer Centre
  • Integrative Pathology
  • Experimental Cancer Medicine

Project activities and costs need to fit to the themes and should be focused on translating innovative research to delivering patient benefit and demonstrate commercial potential.


Total Award: £92,500

Funding Available: Applicants can apply for up to £30,000

Deadline: 29th September 2023

Duration: Maximum project term is one year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be employees or students of one or more of the MCRC partners


To apply for the MCRC Springboard Award, please complete the Application Form, which can be downloaded through the links below, and return to Dr Nathalie Dhomen ( before the applications deadline. Please also consult the Application Guidance document which contains further details about how the funding can be spent and other useful information.


Please note, this is a translational research fund (we will not support fundamental research proposals) that will help unblock specific bottlenecks in projects that are preventing commercialisation and/or accessing bigger translational funds

APPLICATION FORM - MCRC Springboard Award (MS Word - Updated 15/08/2023 - 977KB)

GUIDANCE NOTES - MCRC Springboard Award (MS Word - Updated 15/08/2023 - 896KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Page last updated: 22/08/2023

Submit an Application

Download the Application form for the MCRC Springboard Award