UKINETS/ NET Patient Foundation Grants

Apply now for the UKINETS/ NET Patient Foundation Research Grant

We are pleased to announce the 2018 round of the UKINETs and NET Patient Foundation research grants in support of NET research. This is open to basic science, clinical and translational researchers from investigators in the UK and Ireland.

Applications are invited from UKINETS members. Funds supporting the grants have been raised by the NET Patient Foundation and UKINETs. The aim of these grants is to provide pump-priming funds to support research projects aimed to improve outcomes for patients with Neuroendocrine Tumours. Ambitious projects that encourage collaborations between centres are encouraged.

It is anticipated that these grants will lead on to more substantive grant funding and applicants are required to provide a clear development plan as part of the proposal. Proposals are welcome from researchers in all relevant fields of neuroendocrine tumour research, including all GEP tumours, bronchial and rectal NETs, adrenal and medullary thyroid cancers. However, small cell cancer of lung is beyond the remit of this funding stream. The funds are to be used to cover research costs but not travel expenses, salaries or major equipment.

Application process 

Two grants of £25,000 are available

  • NET Patient Foundation grant
  • Aileen Weddle grant

Application forms should be completed using this template and submitted to Laura Dudley at the UKI NETS Office ( by 14th October 2018. Please note that all applications will be considered for BOTH grants. If you have any trouble downloading the application form, please contact Laura Dudley at the email above.

  • Grants will be assessed by a committee comprising members of the UKINETs Research Committee, UKINETS, the NET Patient Foundation and at least one external referee
  • The successful projects will be listed on the UKINETS and NET Patient Foundation websites
  • A report will be required on the anniversary of the award and presentation of a research update will be requested at the annual UKINETs meeting

Instructions for completion

  • The application should be completed using the template below and be no more than four sides of A4 (Arial 11pt)
  • Background should be no more than 500 words and provide preliminary data and justification for the proposed work
  • Proposal should be no more than 750 words and provide details of what work will be undertaken and how the work will be taken forward in the future
  • Costing should include a clear justification for use of the funds and describe existing support for the project


Since 2013 there have been 4 research grants awarded through funds raised by the NET Patient Foundation and UKINETs. The objective of these grants is to offer support for NET research groups to obtain pilot data leading to larger comprehensive studies. To date, all recipients have achieved this objective.

For each grant call there has been an enthusiastic response from NET research groups throughout the UK. The quality of the applications to date has been extremely high, and following external peer review, four applications have been funded. The projects funded to date are summarized below and have furthered our knowledge of NET epidemiology, early diagnosis and biology.

The TransNETS committee was replaced by the UKINETs Research Committee in early 2016. This committee will oversee the application process and award of future NET Patient Foundation grants.

Dr Chrissie Thirlwell, Chair, UKINETS Research Committee

Read more about previous grants