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


BASO/ Rosetree Research Grants in Cancer Surgery

BASO & Rosetree are offering research grants of up to £50,000 over 1 - 3 years to support innovative research projects in surgery that will develop further towards clinical translation.  Multidisciplinary applications are welcome.  Successful applications will be eligible for inclusion in the NIHR portfolio.

The deadline for applications is the 16th May 2023

Download a flyer for more information here

Download the application form here

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 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

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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