Research Funding

Research Funding Opportunities

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund (JHMRF) offers awards for research projects that aim to improve treatment and care for people with mesothelioma, and increase understanding of mesothelioma development and progression. To date, the JHMRF has awarded over £1m for research.

We also advertise doctoral and training fellowships from time to time and welcomes applications with a sound research component from organisations that can provide matched funding to support the fellowship.

We aim to offer one major project grant and funding for fellowships, smaller pilot or feasibility studies every 18 months or so.  The last round of grants were awarded in June 2014.  Please check back on this page for current opportunities.  Grants are subject to our Research Grant Terms and Conditions.

We are a partner organisation of the National Institute of Health Research; Eligible projects may qualify for service support costs.

The 2014 Awards

As a guide to future calls, we offer funding to post-doctoral scientists or academics or medically qualified applicants. Proposals for laboratory, clinical, epidemiological or applied health research in mesothelioma are welcome. Proposals that have the potential to improve current treatments, to develop new treatment options or improve the way care is delivered for mesothelioma patients are of particular interest.

Grants are available for any period of time up to a maximum of three years and for any sum of money up to a maximum of £250,000. The work must be carried out at a research institution in the United Kingdom. Partner organisations in other EU countries can participate as co-applicants provided the work is led and coordinated by the UK centre.


Awards are designed to develop the skills of individuals to enable them to pursue a career in mesothelioma research. Research proposals should be for laboratory, clinical, epidemiological or applied health research projects that focus on mesothelioma and can demonstrate the potential to have an impact on patient treatment or care.

Travel and Educational Grants

We award up to 10 travel grants each year. Applications will be considered from researchers and health care professionals to support travel to conferences where applicants will either present papers or speak to a poster exhibit.  In certain circumstances, grants may also be awarded for educational purposes, for example, for a study visit to an academic centre of excellence or to attend a course.  Applications for co-sponsorship with other organisations or institutions are welcome.  Individuals may apply for up to a maximum of £500 in any one year period. Applications to support conference presentations should include a copy of the submitted abstract.

Applications must be made in advance of the proposed travel to permit a decision to be taken before any expense is incurred.  To apply for a travel grant you will need to complete an application form. Successful applicants will be expected to complete and return a claim form no later than one month after the travel date with details of the actual costs incurred.

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund is a UK registered charity (Reg No. 1121784) and a partner organisation of the National Institute of Health Research.