Beatson Research and Development Fund

Beatson Cancer Charity enhances the experience, treatment and outcomes of cancer patients at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, and other hospitals across the West of Scotland.

Our services offer practical and emotional support to patients and families from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, to help them cope with the challenges of living with cancer and to live a full and meaningful life. We fund a range of services – over and above NHS provision – that enhance the treatment and care provided by The Beatson. We are also committed to improving cancer survival rates by supporting advances in technology and research.

The charity is keen to provide opportunities for developing projects and initiatives within the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and support its wider reach across Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We are also interested in supporting links between the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and the Beatson Institute to accelerate the introduction of research advances into clinical practice and so that clinical practice can inform research. As a result the charity, in partnership with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, has launched this open call Beatson Research and Development Fund to support the enhancement of vital cancer research projects, critical infrastructure and patient services.

This funding can be used to support small, medium and large projects.


Who can apply?

Clinicians, researchers, radiographers, allied health professionals and nursing staff who are currently working at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, CRUK Beatson Institute, University of Glasgow or Beatson Satellite Sites. The charity is looking to award funding to a broad range of applicants, and we are particularly interested to hear from:

  • Applicants who have never applied for a Beaton Cancer Charity grant
  • Early-career clinicians and researchers supported by senior colleagues


What is the maximum amount I can apply for?

Applicants can apply for a maximum of £150,000


What can the funding be used for?

Beatson Cancer Charity welcomes applications for items such as fixed-term staff posts, clinical fellowships, proof-of-concept research projects, PhD research projects, research equipment, medical equipment and ward enhancements. Here are some examples of previous and current Beatson Cancer Charity grants:

  • £44,000 for two additional Clinical Trial Research Nurses (12 months)
  • £25,000 for a Glasgow based Glioma Laboratory Technician (12 months)
  • £57,456 for a Tissue Technician on the IMAGINE Study (24 months)
  • £64,890 for a Gastrointestinal Clinical Trials Research Fellowship
  • £15,700 for conducting RNA sequencing of tumour samples for a research study investigating the potential link between gut bacteria and responses to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.
  • £19,500 for developing a 3D augmented reality patient information leaflet for sarcoma patients
  • £16,780 for a PhD research project focusing on optimising SABR protocols in the management of intra-abdominal lesions
  • £52,000 for a four-year Engineering Doctorate Fellowship focusing on Oncology Image Processing.
  • £800 for producing a pre-habilitation information film designed to reduce anxiety in patients due to undergo radiotherapy treatment.
  • £34,000 for four additional breast radiotherapy boards
  • £12,450 for upgrading three brachytherapy rooms


What can the funding not be used for?

The funding cannot be used to replace statutory funding or used to pay for anything which health boards have a non-discretionary duty to fund. The charity will only fund items which enhance or provide a level of additionality to NHS provision.

*Applicants seeking funding for small items which will improve the patient experience or support nursing staff should contact the charity first before completing an application form as we may have separate funds available.

*The charity also offers small education grants to support the professional development of staff at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and Beatson Satellite Sites. For more information on these grants including the application and guidance form, please contact the charity.

How do I apply?

You can download the guidance and application form below

Please read the guidance section thoroughly before applying.

Please submit your completed application form and any supporting documents to:   

We will send you an email to acknowledge your application. If we have any questions or require additional information, we will contact you.


When is the deadline?

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th September 2022.



Please contact us using the details below if you have any questions or would like further support or advice before completing your application.

Email address:

Office number: 0141 212 0505

BRDF Application form

Download the Beatson Research and Development Fund form here.

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BRDF Information Leaflet

Find out more about our Beatson Research and Development Fund here.

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