On this page you will find a list of available funding opportunities.

ABS Research Development Grants

The Association of Breast Surgery annually awards Research Develoment Grants of up to £10,000 for research ideas needing funding to get started or to make progress.

Find out more here

Breast Cancer Now Project Grants

Are you a breast cancer research based in the UK or Ireland with a strong track record in your field? Would you like to work in one of Breast Cancer Now's priority areas?  If so, you could be eligible for an award to support your work. Project grants are available with awards up to £230,000 (costs requested must not exceed this cap).

Applications open on 2nd December 2019 and the deadline for all grants applications is 3rd March 2020.

For more details, email or visit the website

Personal Awards and Fellowships

The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh and Glasgow all provide 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' and 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.

Breast Cancer Now

You can find out more about applying for funding, research policies and how Breast Cancer Now award grants on their website.

Cancer Research UK

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 a Postdoctoral Research Bursary, a Clinical Scientist Fellowship and an Advanced Clinicial Scientist Fellowship.

World Cancer Research Fund International

The World Cancer Research Fund's Research Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on cancer prevention and survival.

Breast Cancer Research Trust

The Breast Cancer Research Trust is a charity dedicated to funding clinical and laboratory project research, undertaken in recognised cancer centres or research institutions in the UK, directly aimed at improving the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Clinical Research Committee

The Clinical Research Committee reviews applications for funding or endorsement of late phase investigator-led, cancer-related studies.

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