For Researchers

Myeloma UK funds research to find answers and lead change in our goal to Make Myeloma History.

Funding call for research proposals into Early Diagnosis of Myeloma

Delayed diagnosis in myeloma patients is the largest unmet need in the disease:

  • 31% of myeloma patients are diagnosed by an emergency route, many with multiple co-morbidities.
  • 34% of myeloma patients visit their GP at least three times before getting a diagnosis.
  • The median time from first symptoms to diagnosis is 163 days.

We seek applications for research projects which will address this and plan to invest up to £250K into two innovative and clearly defined research projects which either:

  • Address the factors that cause late diagnosis of myeloma.
  • Progress our knowledge of the development of myeloma with a view to screening at-risk individuals.
  • Have the potential to impact the way myeloma is diagnosed.

We welcome novel proposals which learn from other areas of cancer research and benefit from cross-disciplinary approaches.

Date call opens: Wed 21st July 2021

Deadline date: 3pm on Thurs 30th Sept 2021

Maximum Funding per project: £250,000

If you would like to discuss your idea or application, please email us at

Please use the application form below and we advise you to read the Guidance for Applicants – 2021 Early Diagnosis.

Research Policy Documents

More about the Myeloma UK research programme

You can see our Research Strategy. Applications to our research programme are Peer Reviewed in line with our Conflict of Interest policy and discussed by the Research Advisory Group. We support Open Access Publication to disseminate results to a broad audience.

Myeloma UK is member charity of AMRC, please read our statement on animal use in research.