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ABS ~ Association of Breast Surgery

Grant Funding Sources

This list is a selection of available funding opportunities.  To add to this list please contact

Personal Awards and Fellowships

These awards usually provide salary and limited funding to cover consumables

NIHR funding streams

The National Institute for Health Research aims to 'Improve the health and wealth of the nation through research'.  The NIHR funds a range of programmes addressing a broad range of health priorities.  NIHR aims to produce evidence that enables professionals, policy makers and patients to make informed decisions about healthcare and provide the means to turn new interventions into better care.  The NIHR also funds career development for researchers whose work focuses on people.

The ABS is an NIHR non-commercial Partner following self declaration by the organisation. Appropriate research studies funded through the ABS' eligible funding streams are automatically eligible for NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) support and therefore entitled to:

  • Use the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permissions (NIHR CSP) which is accessed via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)
  • Access NHS support via the NIHR Clinical Research Network

National Cancer Research Institute

The NCRI's Surgeons guide to research and funding provides an excellent overview of funding opportunities available to surgeons


These bodies provide a broad range of funding for pilot studies, projects, programme grants and personal awards.  Each body has its own specific remit, that needs consideration when applying for funding.

Cancer Research UK are increasing their funding for clinical academic careers and have launched new funding opportunities to support clinicians to do cancer research from pre-PhD to Fellowships and beyond.  Their funding includes:

Postdoctoral Research Bursary
This doctoral research bursary will support clinical specialty trainees who have completed a higher research degree to pursue their research interests.  Postdoctoral research bursaries will provide up to £35,000 towards research costs for up to 2 years.

Clinician Scientist Fellowship
The Clinician Scientist Fellowship offers excellent clinicians the opportunity to develop a research career through a period of postdoctoral training.  Fellowships will support the Fellow's salary and associated costs for a period of 5 years.

Advanced Clinicial Scientist Fellowship
The Advanced Clinician Fellowship allows clinicians to establish their independent research group and develop academic leadership alongside their clinical practice.  Fellowships will support the salary and associated research costs of the Fellow, one postdoctoral researcher and one research technician for a period of 5 years.

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