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.
Opening: Monday 27 February 2023.
Closing: Wednesday 10 May 2023.
Outcome: Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by mid-January 2024.
Outcome of previous round: Applicants of the previous round, currently under review, will be informed of the outcome of their applications by mid-July 2023.
Read our full grant project guidelines.
1. About our project grants
The request for proposals
Our project grants are for established researchers in the UK or Ireland who have a strong track record in their field, and who want to work in one of our priority areas.
However, 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, including postdoctoral researchers.
The scope of the scheme
The aim of our project grant funding scheme is to support scientific excellence and innovative research into breast cancer. Our Grants Committee (GC) will assess your application based on:
- The research plan
- Clear relevance to breast cancer research
- The perceived outcomes that will lead to a significant advance in understanding of breast cancer and its impact
It is the expectation that projects will enrich scientific understanding and expertise in breast cancer research. Applicants should have conducted independent research in the field of breast cancer or be an experienced researcher in a related field, and should wish to build on their history and reputation in the breast cancer area, deepening their knowledge and experience.
Projects can be up to three years and will cover staff salary, research expenses and essential equipment. Projects with a shorter duration will be considered but must be fully justified. Named academic/clinical Co-Applicants and Collaborators are permitted from outside the UK and Ireland.
Collaborative applications from within the UK and Ireland are welcome, although the contracted grant (and associated funding arrangements) will be with the Lead Applicant's institution. Applicants must have a strong track record in their field.
What areas of research will Breast Cancer Now support?
Applicants should indicate how their proposal meets one or more of Breast Cancer Now’s key strategic objectives as outlined in our strategy:
- Improving treatments, care and services for those affected by secondary breast cancer.
- Improving support for the physical and mental health, and the emotional wellbeing of people affected by breast cancer.
- Developing kinder, smarter treatments for people with breast cancer and improving access to treatments for those affected.
- Improving detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Furthering our understanding of why breast cancer occurs and spreads and using our knowledge to help prevent breast cancer developing.
The funding available
Project grants are available up to the value of £250,000. Costs requested must not exceed this cap and will include £1,900 for conference costs. We are flexible in how this amount is distributed across the three years.
Please note the following:
- Applicants must be based at a recognised university, research institution or NHS trust in the UK or Ireland.
- Lead Applicants should hold employment or honorary (if a clinical academic) contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.
- Lead Applicants with a fixed-term position may apply, but they cannot request costs for their salary. They must include a letter from the Head of Department to indicate that their salary will be covered for the duration of the project.
- Applicants may be new to breast cancer research, but the proposed team must include people with relevant breast cancer expertise.
- Lead Applicants may not apply for more than one grant as Lead Applicant but may apply as a Co-Applicant or Collaborator on more than one application.
- Applicants may have spent time away from research (e.g. a career break, maternity leave, long-term sick leave). Our reviewers will allow for this when the application is considered.
- Co-Applicants and Collaborators may be based at institutions outside the UK/Ireland and/or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.
- We will consider applications for research that will take place within the NHS. Should the research become part of a clinical trial, we will fund the research but will not act as a sponsor.
The following will not be accepted:
- Applications from a commercial entity.
- Research proposals into conditions other than breast cancer.
- Applications for equipment only. We will accept requests for small pieces of equipment (up to £5000) as part of your proposal, but you must include a clear justification for this request.
- Applications which request funding for consumables or running costs only.
- Applications from an individual who is NOT employed by an eligible institution, i.e. a university or research institute.
- Requests to cover salary costs of tenured Lead Applicants and/or Co-Applicants. A Co-Applicant’s salary may be covered if they are in a research support post working directly on the project, not in a supervisory capacity, as long as their salary is not covered by other sources.
- Project applications that request PhD studentship stipend costs or MD training costs. Breast Cancer Now has a separate PhD grant funding scheme.
- Applications for methods or service development.
- Projects part-funded with other funders.
4. How to apply
Applications should be made using our online Grant Tracker system. You must complete all sections of the application form. The Lead Applicant, Co-Applicants, the Head of Department and the University or Institution Research Grants office (or finance office if not applicable) must complete the declarations at the end of the application form in order to submit your application. Co-Applicants must confirm their involvement and provide a full CV online. Each Collaborator must confirm their involvement in the project online and provide a letter detailing their role in the project.
If you have any queries about filling in this application form, please contact the Research Funding Team at email@example.com.
5. Application review process
Our grants committee will assess your application based on importance and relevance of the research question, originality, methodology, preliminary data, justification for animal use and severity of procedures, and applicant track record.
We use a preliminary screening step in our review process. The Grants Committee members carry out an initial review of all the applications and identify those they think will not 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 Grants Committee.
Please see our funding process section for more information
7. Contact us
If you are unsure about the eligibility and remit of your project, please contact the Research Funding team at firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit your application. Once the deadline has passed there will be no opportunity to consider individual circumstances and applications not meeting the requirements will be rejected without peer review.
8. Have a question?
Try our frequently asked questions.