Cancer Research Centre of Excellence (CRCE)

The Cancer Research Centre of Excellence (CRCE) is a strategic partnership between Imperial College London and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, to drive forward advances in the detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Established in May 2016, CRCE harnesses the complementary expertise of both partner organisations bringing together critical mass and excellence from across all Imperial faculties with world-leading basic and translational scientists from ICR.

The CRCE vision is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and populations through research. It will cement and expand inter-institutional collaborations by uniting diverse disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, computing and physics with cancer scientists, oncologists and surgeons.

The CRCE will:

The CRCE website is currently under development and further details about CRCE activities will be updated in due course.

CRCE Funding Opportunities, Collaborative Pilot Projects call and Membership Expression of Interest

EPSRC Healthcare technologies discipline hopping scheme

This Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) scheme aims to provide researchers, who wish to develop new skills and collaborations with other disciplines, with an opportunity to spend time in a different research or user environment in order to better understand the need for and potential of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT to have an impact in addressing health challenges.

Funding is available for 3-12 months on a full-time basis and up to 24 months on a part-time basis.  Resources requested will principally include Principal Investigator (PI) salary, travel and subsistence, plus resources for the specific activities.

There is no deadline for this scheme and further details are available on the EPSRC website.

Collaborative Pilot Projects – call for proposals (CLOSED)

The aim of this call for proposals is to build on the success of the CRCE Launch event in February 2017 and to catalyse collaborations between researchers at Imperial and ICR around areas of mutual interest in basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

Seed funding of up to £30k for pump-priming projects is available to support collaborative projects between ICR and Imperial researchers.

This call closed for applications on 31 March 2017

Further details on the call and the application proforma are available:

CRCE Collaborative pilot project grant call specification.pdf

CRCE Collaborative pilot projects application form.docx

For ICR costs only: CRCE Collaborative pilot projects budget form.xlsx

Membership expression of interest

To increase awareness of the potential expertise and resources available for cancer research across the partnership and to establish a conduit by which to inform researchers about opportunities, the CRCE Board wishes to collate information from researchers across the partnership who would like to get involved and benefit from the CRCE.

Researchers from across Imperial and ICR are therefore invited to submit the following Expression of Interest form, which will enable:

  • the CRCE Board to create a mailing list in relation to future CRCE events and initiatives,
  • development of a directory of CRCE expertise and resources

Download the CRCE Membership Expression of Interest.doc

CRCE Governance and partner links

Professor Paul Workman

CRCE governance

Governance of the CRCE is the joint responsibility of Imperial and ICR.

The CRCE Board is responsible for overseeing the strategy, day-to-day operations and delivery of the CRCE Vision. Its membership comprises:

  • Professor Paul Workman FRS (ICR; CRCE Director) 
  • Professor Bissan Al-Lazikani (ICR)
  • Professor Raj Chopra (ICR)  
  • Professor Charles Coombes (Imperial; CRCE Head of Cancer Research at Imperial)
  • Professor Ara Darzi FRS (Imperial) 
  • Professor Kevin Harrington (ICR) 
  • Professor Uwe Oelfke (ICR)           
  • Professor Gavin Screaton (Imperial) 
  • Dr Mengxing Tang (Imperial) 
  • Professor Ed Tate (Imperial)
ICR Imperial

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