Early Career Researcher Award

Greater Manchester is home to cutting-edge cancer research and this award celebrates individuals at the start of their academic journey. We’re looking to celebrate the achievements of our early career researchers and how their work is turning scientific discoveries into improvements and impact for patients and the public.

For the purposes of this award, we are defining Early Career Researcher as someone who meets either of the following criteria:

  • Someone who is within eight years of their PhD award (this is from the time of the PhD ‘viva’ oral test), or equivalent professional training
  • Someone within six years of their first academic appointment (the first full or part time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as their primary function)

Our judges are looking for:

  • An overview of the major achievements made by this individual including those outside a traditional academic environment.
  • Evidence of working with patients or members of the public to help to shape the project
  • Evidence of how this research could provide a measurable impact for patients
  • The individual must be working within cancer research facilities with the majority of researchers or leads based in Greater Manchester

This is the entry form for the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance Early Career Researcher Award 2024. Please use this space to tell our judges about the person / team that you are entering.

Please get straight to the point - remember our judges will have a lot to read!

Each category asks different questions, so please don't copy and paste as you may miss some of the most important questions.

Your Details

Please provide details of the team making the entry to allow us to contact you.

Project Summary

Please provide us with a short summary of your nominee or team in no more than 150 words. This may be added to our website after the awards, or used within press articles, enabling us to share knowledge and promote best practice cross the Greater Manchester system.(150 words max)

About the Early Career Researcher

Please give clear evidence of why the nominated individual meets the criteria for the award. Please include evidence of how they have provided a measurable impact for researchers, policymakers, patients, or members of the public. A mixture of qualitative and quantitative data, which may include patient or professional testimonies is also acceptable. Please indicate if any data is unsuitable to be shared externally. (500 words)

Working Collaboratively

Collaboration is something we are proud of in Greater Manchester and we regularly see a range of teams and organisations working together on projects. Explain any collaborations the nominated individual is currently involved in and how these collaborations have benefited any project. You should also include information on involvement with people affected by cancer or members of the public and how they have been able to help to shape your project. (400 words max)


Health inequalities exist throughout our population and reducing these are a critical element to improve the health and cancer outcomes of our population. Discuss the considerations given to reducing inequality as part of the nominated individual’s research/projects, along with the inequalities identified and how the project has addressed these.  (400 words max)

Other Comments

Include any other comments, information or testimonials that you feel are relevant to your submission that will help the judges to understand why the person being nominated should be considered for this award. (200 words max)

Upload Image

Please include one image with your entry, which will be used on our website if your entry is shortlisted.

Accepted file types are .pdf, .jpg, .gif and .png only. Maximum file size is 15mb.

Please do not include any confidential information within your entry form. If you have confidential information included within your entry, please contact alison.foxley4@nhs.net or anna.perkins4@nhs.net who will help you submit information securely.

What Happens Next?

The closing date for entries is Friday 16th February.

Judging will take place during March, and if you are shortlisted you will be notified by Friday 22nd March.

Shortlisted teams will be required to make someone available to be filmed for a 1 minute film talking about their entry. This film will be available on our website, and will be used by patient and carer representatives to vote for the Patients Choice Award. Filming will take place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March at a convenient location.

Each shortlisted team will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on the evening of 14th May 2024, where the winners will be announced.  The ceremony will take place at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.