If your query is not answered by these FAQs please get in touch email email@example.com.
I have been added as a co-applicant on an application but have received no invite to participate.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – this is likely to be because you have more than one account.
I would like to apply for Tissue/Blood/Primary cells to use as part of my research.
Great, please contact our tissue bank team at email@example.com as early as possible to ensure that they have what you need.
Is the £250,000 total cost a strict cap on funding available for Project applications?
Yes - This is the total available for project grants and it must include salary for the fellow, salary for a technician (or equivalent) 100% of the time for the full duration of the fellowship, plus consumables for both.
I have kept within the final total but exceeded the yearly limit- is this a problem?
No, this is fine if you can justify the costs. E.g. Animal experiments will typically carry you over that yearly limit. All costs should be fully justified.
Can I submit more than one application as a lead applicant?
Yes, you can apply for one Project and one PhD as lead applicant in the same round, but not two projects or two PhD’s. You can be a co-applicant and/or collaborator on as many applications as you want. If you are submitting two applications they need to be different, as the GC will not consider two applications proposing the same research.
Will it affect my application if I have submitted it to other funding bodies?
If both applications are funded, you must choose which funding you take – we will not part fund with other funders. Please indicate on your application where it has been submitted and when the outcome will be known.
Does the ethical approval/animal licence need to be in place at the time of application?
No - some projects cannot apply for ethics approval before funding is confirmed. If the ethics approval/animal licence is not in place the applicant needs to indicate in the relevant part of the application form when it will be applied for etc. We will need a copy of the approvals before the project starts, if the application is successful.
I have a scientific query in regards to eligibility
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with an abstract and your questions.
I have a strong track record in research, but not Breast Cancer Research. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from those looking to move into Breast Cancer Research – it would help to show you have breast cancer expertise on your application to show that they have a good support network.
I am an early career researcher- am I eligible to apply as a lead applicant?
Yes – we welcome applications from early career researchers. You should have at least two years of Post-Doc experience before applying.
Can a named researcher also be a co-applicant?
Do you allow clinical research fellows to apply?
Please contact email@example.com to check on eligibility.
Can an applicant with a permanent position apply as the lead applicant?
Yes, if their tenure covers the full length of the grant, but they cannot request their salary.
Do you accept applications from abroad?
No - principal investigators must be based at a UK/Republic of Ireland university, hospital or research institute. However, we do allow international collaborators and co-applicants on our grants.
We will outsource parts of the work to other researchers abroad- how are the finances managed?
The funds will remain with the host institution. For any work taking place abroad, the overseas institution will request funds from the host institution. The host institution will then invoice Breast Cancer Now quarterly as normal.
What are the conference costs in year one? Can these be edited?
The conference costs are a supplementary cost that must be included. These cannot be edited but can be used across the duration of the grant as you see fit. These have been included in year one so that they are included in the final total where, in the case of applying for a two-year grant, the third-year cost would be cut off if we spread it over three years.
Should the salary include NI and Superannuation (Employer Contributions)?
Yes – these should be separated out from the basic salary and not included within it when inputting the figures for your requested salary.
Do I need to include full economic costs (FEC) in the application?
No, in line with other members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, we will pay only the direct costs of research. Please check our guidelines and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure about eligibility.
Do you provide funding for Masters students?
Can I submit a project/PhD requesting consumables only?
No - projects must include a researcher's salary.
Can I apply for a PhD student stipend within a project grant?
No, PhD studentship applications can only be submitted when PhD applications open in March each year.
When will the awards be announced?
The outcome for Project grant applications are announced in August and December.
When is the project expected to start by?
You should aim to start the research as soon as possible, and no later than 9 months after the awards have been announced.
I’m not sure if my proposal falls within the remit of the Project grant scheme, how can I find out?
We welcome applications from a broad range of research fields, including clinical, biomedical, and psychosocial/behavioural studies, using both experimental and theoretical approaches. The key criterion is that the proposed research must demonstrate clear relevance to breast cancer, and a potential benefit to people affected by breast cancer. Please see our strategy with more details on priority areas. Alternatively, please get in contact with us at email@example.com