BASO~ the Association for Cancer Surgery project grant is awarded to assist surgeons to undertake research projects related to surgical or surgically linked cancer care. Projects should further the aims of the BASO~ACS (within relevant research areas – see below) and should be of clear benefit to patient care in the UK.

BASO ~ ACS is an NIHR non-commercial Partner. Research studies funded through our 'Project Grant' award scheme are eligible for consideration for NIHR Clinical Research Network support and inclusion in the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers and the life sciences industry in developing, setting up and delivering high quality research to time and target in the NHS in England. Read more details..

Nature of Grant

Applications are sought for discrete projects such as projects seeking funding for the initial development of clinical trials, studies aimed at initial data collection to inform the design of a future trial or systematic reviews.

Subject to satisfactory applications, one to three awards up to the total value of £6,000 will be made. Normally the award will be for one academic year.

Click here to view the list of Research Areas this grant is awarded in.


Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and relevance to cancer research and potential impact on policy and practice.Applicants should be:

  1. Full, trainees or affiliate members of BASO~ACS.
  2. Clinicians in Training or substantive Consultant posts, workers in UK Universities, Medical Schools, Hospitals or Research Institutions. Cancer Nurse Specialists working in UK Hospitals will also be eligible.


Adjudication is by the panel of experts drawn from the BASO National Committee, advised by its panel of external referees to ensure a high level of technical expertise. Members of the BASO National Committee will not be able to sit on the panel if they have applied for an award (directly or indirectly) or if they have any other conflict of interest. The process will also be audited for ethnicity and diversity of applications to ensure freedom from bias.

Particular weight shall be given to the track record of the applicant or their team. In the case of early career researchers weight shall be given to their potential to benefit from the research, the innovative qualities of the work to be.


The successful awardees will be required to submit a report 6 months after completion of the work to ensure key targets have been met and will be invited to present their findings at the BASO~ACS Annual Scientific Congress. All projects will be required to show evidence of patient engagement in the design of the project.

Financial Arrangements

Once an award has been made, the successful candidate should invoice the BASO~ACS for the sum agreed.

How to apply

Please email the documents listed below, collated in readiness to be sent to the assessors, to BASO~ACS Administrator :

  1. Completed Application Form to include a lay abstract of up to 300 words, an introduction setting out the background of the project and why it is necessary (up to 1000 words) and including a defined set of aims and objectives, a methods sections (500 words), a section detailing outputs planned, details of collaborators (including letters of support in appendices) and a detailed costing.  Funds will not be available to support the cost of personal computer equipment.
  2. CV of the lead applicant
  3. Letter of support from the head of department
  4. Equal Opportunity Form
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Deadline for Submissions for 2019 Awards: Monday, 30th September 2019

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