Innovative projects that promote early cancer diagnosis and better care can benefit from funding from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance.

Building on the success of the last few years, the Cancer Alliance has announced the launch of its innovation competition 2024/25 in collaboration with the Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber.

The financial awards scheme promotes innovation in cancer and services to improve early diagnosis and patient experience, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

Click here to read more about People Matters - a project that has previously been funded through the Innovation competition to increase awareness of cancer in people with learning disabilities and the front-line staff who work with them. 

Click here to read more about a project that has previously been funded through the Innovation competition for pharmacist led clinics in cancer services in Leeds, leading to improvements for cancer patients.

This year we have refreshed the Awards to have two schemes:

  • Scheme 1 includes reserved funding allocation for Trust, Place, and the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector
  • Scheme 2 is a new competitive funding element, available to any partner eligible for funding under Scheme 1

The competition launched on 1 May 2024 followed by a six-week period for development of proposals and completion of applications. During this time, members of the Cancer Alliance will support informal discussions linked to idea-generation, developing high-quality submissions, and how we would expect pay and non-pay costs to be presented. 

The closing date will be 5pm, Friday 21 June 2024 for all schemes.

The assessment process and allocation of successful awards will take place during July 2024.  Funds will be allotted to the 2024/25 financial year.  The Cancer Alliance will be expected schemes to be mobilised (and started) by the end of the financial year, as a minimum.

Click here to read the briefing document:

For more information please contact the Cancer Alliance at