Published on: 12 January 2022

A Cancer Innovation Award Scheme to promote innovation and improvement in cancer services and people’s experience has been launched by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS (SYB ICS) Cancer Alliance in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN).

Individual grants of between £10k and £30k are on offer to successful applicants within the region’s health and care services, including voluntary, community and charitable sector organisations that can support the Cancer Alliance in achieving the objectives as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan for:

  • 75% of cancers to be diagnosed at stage I or II
  • An additional 55,000 patients each year to survive for five years or more following their cancer diagnosis by 2028.

Applicants are asked to define how their proposals will support one or more of the following key activities:

  • Improving access to diagnostics
  • Managing cancer with another Long-Term Condition, including Long Covid or other co-morbidity
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Supporting personalised care

Mr Nigel Beasley, SYB ICS Cancer Alliance Research and Innovation Lead, said,

“Our overall aim is to improve the experiences and life chances of anyone in our region affected by cancer. We’re looking for projects or new ways of working that could be adopted to help make this happen.

“Whether a project has already begun, is yet to be piloted or has proved successful in one area already, we will support innovations that can bring benefits to patients by being rolled out or adopted into other areas.  

“We hope the Cancer Innovation Award Scheme inspires colleagues to think differently and encourages new ways of working that can be built on to even further improve care, now and in the future.”

Launching on Tuesday 12 January 2022, the Cancer Innovation Award Scheme is open to both single organisations and collaborative bids from organisations or care settings across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Aejaz Zahid, YHAHSN Innovation Director said,

"We’re pleased to be supporting the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS Cancer Alliance with the Cancer Innovation Awards Scheme. It is a fantastic opportunity to adopt and encourage new ways of improving cancer care and survival across the region.

“I’m looking forward being a part of the panel and seeing the impact of the successful applicants in the coming year.”

Proposals will be shortlisted according to specific criteria including patient benefit, longer-term sustainability, possibility of spread and ongoing evaluation.


  • Applications are now open and will close at midday on Monday 7 February 2022
  • The Assessment Panel will shortlist projects in line with the Assessment Criteria
  • Shortlisted applicants will be asked to present their proposal to the Assessment Panel
  • Successful applicants will be notified in March 2022
  • Written confirmation detailing the terms of funding will be sent out for agreement
  • Delivery of successful projects is expected to begin from April 2022
  • Awardees will be required to report into the SYB Cancer Alliance Research and Innovation Group at quarterly intervals throughout their project delivery phase  

How to Apply:

Please complete the Online Application Form here.

A hard copy of the form is available below. Please note this is for guidance purposes only, and all applications are to be completed via the online form above.

For further information about the Cancer Innovation Award Scheme, please contact the SYB Cancer Alliance via email