This grant funding scheme is open to both early career researchers and clinician scientists.

Our Fellowship grants provide an excellent early career development opportunity for post-doctoral scientists or newly appointed group leaders to become independent researchers specialising in breast cancer.


You may be working in any discipline, clinical specialty or area of research, but your project should lead to advances in the understanding or treatment of metastatic breast cancer and have a clear benefit for metastatic breast cancer patients.


We will support applications in two categories as listed below, however our funding is limited to one Fellowship. In either case, the fellow must be the principal investigator for the application and will be expected to defend their research project at an interview. 

A. Early Career Development Fellowships

The aim of our Early Career Development Fellowship is to enable you to establish yourself as an independent researcher leading a unique and innovative programme of research. It will allow you to build your own research team and establish the collaborations and networks necessary to answer your own research questions. By the end of the fellowship, the expectation is that you will have delivered work that is important, original and has impact, and that you will have developed and international reputation as an independent breast cancer research leader. 

B. Clinician Scientist Fellowships

This award will support clinicians with higher research degrees through postdoctoral training, helping you transition to independent clinical research. You’ll complete your postdoctoral training in a research group supported by a research supervisor. 

Candidates should either have obtained your CCT and hold consultant status, or hold a national training number (NTN or NTN(A)) and at the time of award have clear plans for obtaining your CCT.  

You shouldn’t apply for a clinician scientist fellowship to fund a drug discovery project or a clinical trial. 

What areas of metastatic breast cancer research will we support?

We are interested in research that addresses the following challenges:

  • Understanding heterogeneity within the primary tumour, and between the tumour and the metastases, and how this heterogeneity will affect the response to treatment.
  • Understanding the biology of tumour cell dormancy and its implications for the prevention and treatment of metastatic cancer. 
  • Research into the early detection of the recurrence and spread of breast cancer.
  • Research into why tumours become resistant to treatment, including identifying markers of the response to treatment. 
  • Understanding the biology of invasion and spread, including the importance of the microenvironment in the establishment of metastatic breast cancer. 
  • Developing new or better treatments for the prevention or treatment of metastatic breast cancer; this could include new target discovery, new delivery methods, new therapies, and better combinations or use of existing treatments. 

This list is not exhaustive and we will welcome applications from other research areas aiming to tackle metastatic breast cancer.

Key information


Early career researchers with up to ten years post-doctoral research experience

Deadline for application submission

Friday 1 March 2019

Funding decision

August 2019

Grant duration

5 years

Maximum value of award


Application guidelines

Fellowship grant application guidelines (pdf)

How to apply

All applications must be made through our online grant application system. New applicants must register online to create a new account.

Review process

We use a preliminary screening step in our review process. Our Grants Committee (pdf) (GC) will carry out an initial review of all the applications and identify those that it does not think will be competitive. These applications will not be sent out for external peer review and will not be considered for funding.

If we are not going to take your application any further, we will let you know within 12 weeks of the application deadline, and we will send you feedback from the GC.

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Research Funding Team or 0207 749 4121 before you submit your application.

Useful links and documents

Please visit our research projects section for recent Scientific fellowships awarded.

From a researcher

James Flanagan, Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics at Imperial College London:

I've been fortunate enough to be awarded a Scientific Fellowship grant, enabled by funding from Asda's Tickled Pink. After five years of research with my Fellowship I have now been appointed to Senior Lecturer in my department. The Fellowship has given me the opportunity to achieve that. But more importantly to people affected by breast cancer, Breast Cancer Now’s Fellows are making discoveries that are leading to new ways to overcome the disease."

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