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.
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ABS Academic & Research Committee Endorsement Letter for Grant Funding Applications
The Academic and Research Committee are happy to review requests for an endorsement letter to support research grant applications. The requesting person should hold an ABS membership (any category). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a short summary (no longer than 500 words) about your research study which will be forwarded to the Academic and Research Committee for review. The request for an endorsement letter will be reviewed by 4 members of the Academic and Research Committee. Please allow 4 weeks in order to enable the committee to review your request.
Special consideration will be given to research proposals in topic areas identified as a research priority by the ABS Gap Analysis. Please include any previous evidence of research proposal peer review and/or outcome (e.g. by the NCRI Breast Cancer Clinical Studies Group / UK Breast Intergroup). We also strongly encourage the applicant to present the research study proposal at the ABS Research Sandpit for advice on further design, development, and funding.
Personal Awards and Fellowships
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.
You can find out more about applying for funding, research policies and how Breast Cancer Now award grants on their website.
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.
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.
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.
Prevent Breast Cancer Research Grants
Prevent Breast Cancer have a sum of £200,000 available, which would be particularly suitable for small grant applications or pilot studies in the region of £10,000 to £100,000.
They are aiming to fund one grant up to a total cost of £100,000 and three to four smaller grants of up to £30,000.
Applications should be for research into the early diagnosis, screening and prevention of breast cancer. Their particular areas of interest are methods of improving breast screening and prevention strategies such as preventative drugs, lifestyle prevention and surgical prevention. Another area of interest is breast cancer prevention and early diagnosis in under-served populations. They would be particularly (but not exclusively) interested in research that builds on these topics
The deadline for applications is the 31st July 2022. See their website for more information
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