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The mission of the Oxford Cancer Immuno-Oncology Network (OCION) Funding Scheme is to pump-prime innovative Oxford-based immuno-oncology research and build capacity in cancer immunology.

OCION will provide small, short-term awards that will enable the development of proof-of-concept projects, technologies, assays and platforms to a stage at which more long-term external funding can be sought. We would also welcome proposals that build our capabilities in data analytics and integration.

Collaborative projects that cross discipline boundaries are encouraged. Fundamental science and clinical research proposals are welcome. Priority will be given to immunologists who do not yet have a demonstrated track record in cancer research. 


Eligibility and how to apply

We are delighted to announce that our funding scheme exclusively for OCION members will open in Summer 2023.

The lead applicant must be an immunologist without a demonstrated track record in cancer research. Collaborations with cancer researchers and clinicians are encouraged to help deliver the project.

Maximum amount per award: £20,000. Salaries will not be funded.

Award length: up to 12 months.

The lead applicant must be an OCION member (sign up here) employed by either the University of Oxford or OUH NHS Trust for the duration of the award. Postdoctoral Researchers and Clinical Research Fellows who are not yet independent may apply.

Interested in applying? Please contact for the full scheme guidance and application form.