ABS Research Development Grants

The Association of Breast Surgery is keen to maintain its role in research and trials and following the success of previous awards is again making available funding for Research Development Grants.


Applications process

In 2020 the ABS is making £20,000 available for Research Development Grants.  Applications are now open and the deadline for submitting your application is the 1st November 2020.

Applications should be submitted by the deadline to lucydavies@absgbi.org.uk on the form below:

Application form as Word document

Application form as PDF

It is anticipated that the results of this round of grant applications will be announced in February 2021.

Money for your research

Do you have a research idea but need a bit of funding to get it started or make it work? The Association of Breast Surgery is now running another round of research development grants.

There are a wide variety of possible types of project that will be considered for funding, ranging from clinical research studies to trainee collaboratives, to work such as systematic reviews or pilot work designed to inform the development of larger studies.

ABS Research Development Grants

Projects seeking funding from the ABS are asked to submit applications for a grant of up to £10,000.  Between 2 and 4 grants will be awarded depending on the quality, relevance and value of the successful submissions.

Applications should further the aims of the ABS, which are available on the website, and also be of clear value to the NHS and take appropriate account of its priorities, needs and realities.  An analysis of research gaps in breast surgery has been published and is also available on the ABS website. The PI can be a consultant, trainee or an allied health professional.


New Investigator Award

Are you a new investigator leading on an application with no previous awards as Chief or Principle Investigator (CI or PI)?

If so you can also be considered for our New Investigator award. Please tick the box on our application form if you would like to be considered for this.

*In order to qualify as New Investigator, the applicant should not have held any previous grants as Chief Investigator (CI) or Principal Investigator (PI), excluding personally awarded research training fellowships, and should be working in a training post or have been appointed to a Consultant post within the last 5 years.  If in any doubt, please contact the ABS Office.

Applications are sought for:

  • Projects seeking funding for the initial development of clinical trials
  • Systematic reviews
  • Audits designed to inform the design of a study or future research
  • Fellowships/ Pump priming
  • Trainee collaboratives

Competition for the grants will be open to all and the selection process will be made up of a panel of members of the ABS Academic and Research Committee, an Oncologist, a PPI representative, a senior member of ABS external to the A&R committee and a methodologist. 

All members of the selection panel will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest and those with a conflict will be excluded. The chair of the award panel and the senior ABS member will not be applicants or co-applicants on any of the applications.

Successful candidates will be expected to submit a report to the Academic and Research Committee of the ABS within 3 months of the completion of the project for which the grant is awarded. Successful candidates may also be asked to present their results at the A&R session within the annual ABS Conference.

Grant support should be acknowledged in all presentations, abstracts and publications relating to the award.

Please note that holders of a current ABS award as Chief Investigator cannot apply for a further concurrent award as CI.


For further information about the ABS Research Development Grants contact lucydavies@absgbi.org.uk or 020 7869 6852


NIHR Clinical Research Support

The ABS is also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial partner so clinical research studies funded through this scheme will be eligible for Cancer Research Network (CRN) support and adoption onto the NIHR portfolio. Find out more from their website (nihr.ac.uk). For clinical trials applications, where the intention is to apply for NIHR portfolio status, the completed Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool should be submitted alongside the application.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local CRN team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study to fully benefit from the support the NIHR CRN offers as outlined in their Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit www.supportmystudy.nihr.ac.uk

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit: www.hra.nhs.uk