Macmillan research grants scheme

At Macmillan we run an open competition grant funding scheme for UK-based researchers who have proposals for research projects that address questions relevant to our current call, that are scientifically and methodologically excellent, and that have clear potential to benefit people living with cancer.

To reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, we invest in research that helps us to understand the numbers, needs and experiences of people living with cancer and generate the evidence needed to enable a better cancer experience.

Calls for applications

The Macmillan Research Grants Scheme currently has no open calls for research.

Information about future calls will be communicated on this webpage and via our mailing list.

If you would like to be added to the Research Grants mailing list, please email

Research with impact

In collaboration with people affected by cancer, we've developed the Macmillan Research Impact Framework.

It is intended to support successful grants scheme applicants to plan for, deliver and demonstrate research impact. All applicants should review it before applying.

Our application and review process

Click on the titles to read more about what happens at each stage.

Open call

Macmillan announces focus areas for funding research and key dates in the application process.


Outline applications

  • Applicants submit outline application to Macmillan.
  • Macmillan confirms receipt of application.


Internal triage

  • Outline applications undergo eligibility checks and internal review to assess their relevance to the call scope and their potential to benefit people living with cancer. 
  • Applicants are informed of decisions and shortlisted applicants are invited to submit a full application.


Full applications

  • Applicants submit full application and all supporting documents to Macmillan.
  • Macmillan confirms receipt of application


External peer review

  • Full applications are evaluated by scientific peer reviewers and people affected by cancer.
  • Peer reviewers are experts in the relevant area of research and assess the scientific quality of the research. 
  • People affected by cancer assess the relevance and value of the research and the quality of plans for involving people affected by cancer in the research. 
  • Applicants receive peer reviewers’ feedback, and have an opportunity to submit a response to the reviews.


Research Advisory Panel (RAP)

  • The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) assess applications and make recommendations on which applications to prioritise for funding.
  • Macmillan’s Executive Strategy Team review these recommendations and award funding.
  • Applicants are notified about the decision on their application.