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Target Ovarian Cancer’s UK-wide ovarian cancer research programme is now closed for new applications. The next round will be announced in 2020. Applicants within the current round may refer to the timetable below.

Target Ovarian Cancer – Translational Research Awards


To accelerate research that delivers patient benefit. Projects will optimise and develop more effective and less toxic treatments for ovarian cancer, with a special focus on treatments that will improve overall survival. These awards are not designed for basic or early discovery studies.

What we’re looking for

Many important challenges need to be overcome to improve treatments for patients. Some examples are provided below, however Target Ovarian Cancer will consider support for any research of relevance to optimising or developing new treatments.

  • Identify new drug targets within subtypes of ovarian cancer and develop new targeted treatments
  • Understand why tumours develop resistance to therapies, developing strategies to prevent and overcome resistance
  • Develop new immunologic approaches to treating ovarian cancer
  • Understand the effectiveness of existing drugs against different tumour subtypes
  • Understand the effectiveness of specific drug combinations in subtypes
  • Research to predict which patients will benefit from chemotherapy
  • Develop appropriate treatments for older patients
  • Identify prognostic markers that indicate response to treatment
  • Develop robust surgical trials to validate new technologies and optimise treatments 

For further information about our priorities, read a summary of our Research Strategy.



  • 10 April 2019

Call for outline proposals opens

  • 28 May 2019 (12:00)       

Closing date for submission of outline proposals

  • 12 June 2019

Full proposals invited from shortlisted applications

  • 14 August 2019

Deadline for submitting full proposals

  • End November 2019

Successful applicant(s) informed

Further information

Target Ovarian Cancer does not receive any government funding. This research is only made possible through donations and legacies. If you would like to contribute to these research projects and improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer, please support us.