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Funding for postgraduates

Big C is proud to have funded start up projects that have often escalated into large scale ground-breaking research. Yours could be one of them. Big C’s research PhD studentship grant applications round is currently open. A total of £150,000 will be available to support PhD students at the University of East Anglia whose research will benefit cancer patients.

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Funding conditions

Download and read through our funding conditions before continuing with your application.

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Apply for funding

When you’re ready to apply for funding, please complete your application by 5pm on 31 August to bigcgrants@big-c.co.uk

Funding success rates

The amount available for investment in research grants is reviewed annually by the Trustees prior to the grants round who will take into account the need to balance Big C’s research investment with the charity’s other strategic objectives.

The sum available will be published by Big C in advance of the grants round. Big C is delighted to share the following details of the funding success rates for the last few years. Since 2021 these grants have been awarded for PhDs only, however before this, they included grants for other types of research funding, including equipment and shorter projects.


16 applicants

Value of applications £947,085

Funds available £346,000

Funds awarded £294,441

4 successful

25% success rate


Grants round cancelled


1 applicant

Value of applications £68,101

Funds available £50,000

Funds awarded £50,000

1 successful

100% success rate


Grants round cancelled


4 applicants

Value of applications £336,715,36

Funds available £200,000

Funds awarded £200,000

4 successful

100% success rate



When is the deadline for PhD studentship grant applications?

Applications need to be submitted by 5pm on 31 August

I have a query over my application, who should I contact?

If you would like to discuss your potential application, please call Kate Morgan on 01603 619900 or email katherine.morgan@big-c.co.uk

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