Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust Research Grant Funding round: Closed Friday 7th January 2022

A project grant of up to £100,000 and up to three years is available for a clearly defined research project addressing a key question in rare, non-CNS (but including AT/RT) solid tumours of childhood, in particular rhabdoid tumours (all types), non-Wilms renal tumours and rare soft tissue sarcomas.


The funded project will specifically be working towards helping improve the outlook for children diagnosed by having a potential to improve survival rates.

The funding for this project has been provided by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust and its named funds.

Our project grants may support stand-alone projects, research that is part of a wider project or trial, or research that is likely to lead to a further, larger grant application to a major funder of research.

All areas of research related to rare solid tumours of childhood will be considered, but we are particularly interested in studies that will lead to improvements in diagnosis, treatment and/or outcome.

We have a particular interest in:

  • Research that could impact on earlier diagnosis of children with solid tumours (non-CNS except AT/RT).
  • Non-invasive diagnostic/monitoring techniques, i.e. “liquid biopsies.”
  • Research with clear translatable outcomes that is likely to lead to an improvement in treatment.


The deadline for applications is Friday 7th January 2022 at 5pm.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Funding is available to UK and Ireland based research organisations, i.e. universities and hospitals.


Key facts:

  • Clearly defined research project addressing a key question in rare paediatric non-CNS solid tumours.
  • Up to £100,000 over a maximum of three years is available.
  • Deadline 5pm on Friday 7th January 2022.
  • A decision is expected in early March, so proposed start dates should reflect this in the application.


As an AMRC registered charity, applications will be judged by external reviewers and then our Research Advisory Panel (in accordance with AMRC guidance) on:

  • Scientific quality and impact
  • Relevance
  • Scientific Leadership
  • Justification of resources

Our Research Advisory Panel will then rank the applications and make a recommendation to the Trustees of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.


Application Process

The application form can be downloaded below. They must be completed by 5pm on Friday 7th January 2022 and submitted to [email protected]

A hard copy of the signature page should be sent within seven working days of this deadline to: Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, Research Grant Applications Unit 3 Coach House Yard, Cowsden Hall Farm, Cowsden, Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire, WR7 4NZ.

Awarded grants will be subject to the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust terms and conditions.

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Jennifer Kelly, Director of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.


Please ensure you read the guidance for applicants and information on the links below before completing your application.

GKCCT research grants: Guidance for applicants

Writing a lay summary

GKCCT Grant Application Form

 GKCCT Proposal Budget Template