Over the last three decades, more than £4m has been invested to support research at local academic institutions.

By restricting funding to the north of England, we help ensure that the region is an attractive choice for leading haematologists and promising registrars. Whilst we fund research solely in the north of England, these projects ultimately help patients worldwide.

To apply for a research grant, download the Research Grant Form, then complete and submit to [email protected]

Before submitting an application please ensure you have fully read our Guidance Notes – Grant Applications for full details of eligibility for our research funding schemes. There are two funding deadlines each year, 31 January and 31 July.

Bright Red funded clinician Tom Creasy and his colleagues have recently had their research study published in the journal ‘Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer.

The study looked at a very high risk genetic subtype of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – low hypodiploidy – where the leukaemic cells have lost a number of chromosomes. It can be difficult to identify because the chromosomes can “double-up” and can be mistaken for a different subtype (which has a much better prognosis).

Because of the high risk nature and need for bone marrow transplant, accurate diagnosis is critical. Tom and his colleagues used a technique called SNP array to design a machine-learning classifer to accurately diagnose this. In simple terms, the classifier looks at the relative content of specific chromosomes within a sample to create a genetic signature and correctly identify the subtype to ensure correct treatment is given. The article can be found here:

Tom was recently appointed as a consultant haematologist at the Freeman Hospital, a well-deserved promotion. When asked about his new role, Tom said he was excited to pursue the skillset and interest he has developed during his PhD in the genetic basis of blood cancers.

Bright Red Clinical Research Training Fellowship

This award enables trainees in haematology or allied specialties to undertake clinical or laboratory research for one year. It is intended that applicants will register for a research degree and seek competitive funding at a national level to complete their studies.

Research costs up to £15,000 and salary according to nationally approved salary scales are provided. PhD fees are not funded. Usually one Fellowship will be offered annually.

Bright Red Joint PhD Studentship

This studentship provides 50% funding for a 3 year PhD. Eligible costs include stipend at national minimum rate set by the Research Councils UK ( ) and research costs of £15,000 per annum.

PhD fees are not included. Usually one studentship will be offered annually.

Miscellaneous Research Grants

At the discretion of the Trustees, small grants of £30,000 or less may be awarded to applicants at either of the funding rounds. Eligible costs include: items of equipment, salary bridging for up to 6 months, start up grants for new investigators, research costs for pilot studies of less than 12 months duration, sustainability grants for equipment maintenance, publication charges, conference costs.