Project Grants

Research grants are normally awarded for projects of up to 3 years’ duration.  It is intended that KKLF funding should not be the ‘core’ funding of any research group.  Applicants should state clearly how their proposal relates to their core funding.  Applications are particularly encouraged from individuals within 5 years of their first independent group leader position.  Project grant applications submitted simultaneously to other funding bodies will not be accepted.  The application process is competitive and subject to peer review, and applications are triaged post-deadline to determine which will be sent out for review.

What will be funded

Grants will be awarded for research on aspects of leukaemia and for relevant studies on related haematological malignancies.  Requests for support for basic science programmes may be considered.  Clinical trials will not be supported.  Proposals which are closely related to the prevention, diagnosis, or therapy of leukaemia and related diseases are particularly encouraged.

Grants are usually awarded to give additional support to programmes already underway, the aim being to further strengthen activities which are already of high quality.  It follows that KKLF will accept proposals from groups which already have support from other agencies.

Trustees will consider proposals from both UK and non-UK based organisations where the work to be funded is based primarily within the UK.

A preliminary letter, telephone call, or email to the offices of The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, or to one of its Scientific Advisers (via the KKLF offices), may be helpful to determine whether or not a proposal is likely to be eligible.

Research proposal

Applicants should complete the approved application form and include a research proposal (aims, background, plan of investigation, justification for budget).  The research proposal should be 35 single-spaced pages (excluding references, costings, and CVs).  Applications should be submitted by email in addition to providing a hard copy with original signatures.  Trustees will take account of annual inflation and of salary increases related to nationally negotiated pay scales and these should not be built into the application.  The application will be treated as a confidential document, but will inevitably be seen by selected external reviewers, if sent out for review.

Salaries should generally be on nationally agreed scales.

Tenured or non time-limited appointments will not be supported.

The Trustees may, from time to time, set special conditions for the award of a grant.

The final decision on the award of a grant is made by the Trustees, having taken into account advice from their Scientific Advisers.

Project Grant application deadlines

The Trustees consider proposals twice each year, normally May and November.  New full proposals for the May meeting should be received by 28 February and for the November meeting by 15 July.  Late applications may be deferred for 6 months.

For further information and/or an application form contact info@kklf.org.uk.


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