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

Rosetrees NHS Consultant Research Fellowship Award

The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Rosetrees Charitable Trust is introducing a two year NHS Consultant Research Fellowship up to the value of £20,000 per year towards salary costs.

The funding is to be used to support protected time and to enable high quality research.

Applicants must:

  • Be a member or fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Hold a full time post as an NHS consultant in surgery in a hospital in the UK, and should have been working at consultant level for a minimum of 5 years
  • Have a track record in research and hold a higher degree.

The deadline for applications is 8th December 2020.  For more information and to apply see the RCS England 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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