Seed Funding Grants Announced: DBT-CRUK Affordable Approaches to Cancer Initiative

18 May 2020

Seed Funding Grants Announced: DBT-CRUK Affordable Approaches to Cancer Initiative

Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Cancer Research UK and the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance are pleased to announce the successful teams who have been awarded Seed Funding grants under the Affordable Approaches to Cancer bilateral research initiative. The successful applicants have been selected through a rigorous process of screening, filtering, review and evaluation to arrive at seven shortlisted applications by a Scientific Advisory Panel comprising of clinical and basic experts and patient representatives drawn from India and the UK.

The successful teams are listed below:

Challenge addressed


Indian Lead Applicant

UK Lead Applicant

Identify affordable approaches to improve early diagnosis of symptomatic cancers.

Dr. Ravi Kannan, Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

Dr. ToralGathani,

University of Oxford


Devise affordable screening tools to improve early detection of cancer.

Dr.Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan,

RTI International

Professor Arnie Purushotham,

Kings College London


Identify and quantify cancer risk factors to better understand regional variations in incidence, enabling new approaches to cancer prevention.

Professor SVS Deo

All India Institute of Medical Sciences


Dr. Nitya Wadhwa, Translational Health Science Technology Institute

Professor Usha Menon,

University College London,



Professor. Ranjit Manchanda, Cancer Research UK Barts Centre, Queen Mary University London

Develop computational approaches that can reduce the cost of cancer care delivery.

Dr. Swapnil Rane

Tata Memorial Hospital

Dr. Anita Grigoriadis, Cancer Research UK Kings Health Partners Centre, Kings College London

Improve the affordability of effective cancer treatments.

ProfessorLalit Kumar,

All India Institute for Medical Science

Dr. Duncan Gilbert, University College London

Devise affordable screening tools to improve early detection of cancer.

Dr. Moni Kuriakose,

Cochin Cancer Research Centre

Mr. Satheesh Prabhu, Oxford University, NHS Foundation Trust


Improve the affordability of effective cancer treatments

Dr.Asima Mukhopadyay, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute

Professor Nicola Curtin, Newcastle University


The Seed Funding grants have been awarded on 31st March 2020 for a period of six months to the successful research teams to enable collaboration between India and the UK to develop an understanding of research contexts; to establish research partnerships to address one of the seven research challenges, leading to the preparation of submitting a full application for Programme Award. The value of Seed Funding grants is up to £30k; approx. 26 Lakhs INR. The current deadline for submitting Programme Award Applications is 1st December 2020.


To know more, please visit:

Affordable Approaches to Cancer Website (

DBT Website ( Research UK-cancer-resarch)

Cancer Research UK Website (



  1. Dr. Sandhya R. Shenoy

Sc. ‘F’, Director, Medical Biotechnology Division

Programme Officer, DBT-CANCER RESEARCH UK Bilateral Initiative on Affordable Approaches to Cancer

Room No. 604, Block II, CGO Complex, Lodi Road

New Delhi 110003

Email: [email protected]


  1. Dr. Debbie Robinson

Senior Programme Manager, Affordable Approaches to Cancer

International Partnerships

Cancer Research UK

2 Redman Place | London | E20 1JQ

0203 469 5866

Email: [email protected]


  1. Dr. Dipanwita Sengupta

Grants Lead

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance

8-2-351/N/1, Nishant House, 2nd Floor

Road No.3, Banjara Hills,

Hyderabad 500034

Email: [email protected]