Our pilot grants allow researchers to test new hypotheses, with a view to generating preliminary data to support a full project grant application.

Important update

Following a review of our current grant funding streams, applications for our Pilot grant and Fellowship grant schemes are not currently being accepted and will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to focus on funding high quality Project and PhD grant applications - our Project grant scheme will continue to open twice a year and our PhD grant scheme once a year as normal.

Find out more about our funding schemes.

In addition to our Project and PhD grant funding schemes, we also recently launched a new Catalyst Grant funding scheme as part of our new Breast Cancer Now Catalyst Programme which aims to bring together Europe’s leading breast cancer researchers and the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to pool resources. This will allow us to fund more research than ever before and stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050. You can apply for Catalyst grants of up to £300,000, or up to £1 million. Find out more about our Catalyst Grants.

Information about Pilot grants

We are committed to supporting new investigators in breast cancer research and we encourage applications from talented researchers at the start of their independent careers.

Key information

Career level

Established researchers with a strong track record, based at a research institution in the UK or Ireland



Deadline for application submission


Funding decision

July 2016

Grant duration

Typically awards will be for 12 months

Award amount

Award amounts are for a maximum of £25,000

Full application guidelines

Pilot grant application guidance

What areas of research will Breast Cancer Now support?

We are interested in funding research that supports improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer and welcome applications from all disciplines.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Review process

Your application will be reviewed by two members of our Grants Committee. They will not be reviewed by any other external referees.

We will let you know whether your application has been successful about 12 weeks after the deadline.

We will send you feedback from the members of the Grants Committee who reviewed your application.

Useful links and documents

Please visit our research projects section for recent pilots awarded.

View research grants success rates [PDF]

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Research Funding team before you submit your application email mail grants_admin@breastcancernow.org or call 020 7749 4121.

From a researcher

Dr Paul Mullan, Queen's University Belfast:

Without this kind of pump priming, these experiments would never have been performed. I think the pilot grant scheme is an excellent opportunity for researchers to perform stand-alone mini-projects which could yield high dividends. I realistically hope that following this work my group could be in a better position to apply for a project grant/studentship based on the data generated here."

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