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 £1.2m for research.

We offer major project grants up to £250,000, pump-priming grants for small pilot or feasibility studies up to £25,000 and funding for PhD and training fellowships. 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.


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

PhD and Training Fellowships

Awards are designed to build research capacity in mesothelioma and 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. Applications for Doctoral and Masters studies are welcome provided they have a sound research component and the host organisations can provide matched funding to support the fellowship.

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. The awards will be subject to acceptance of the 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.