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We support scientific research

Apply for a Grant

Whilst enough scientific evidence exists on certain chemicals to warrant immediate precautionary action, there remains a need for further exploration of how and why chemicals could be affecting our vulnerability to breast cancer, as well as identifying which chemicals are the worst offenders.  

For this reason Breast Cancer UK sets aside a proportion of its income for the purposes of supporting scientific research.

We work with scientists that are spearheading world class research into the effects of cancer causing and hormone disrupting chemicals on the human breast.  We are pleased to have awarded grants to projects undertaken by Brunel University, King's College London, Reading University, the University of Leeds and the University of Aberdeen (see here for details of past and current projects). In the past we have supported scientists at The University of Ulster to investigate the effects of pesticides on breast tissue and helped to support a Gordon Research Conference which focused on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.  

How to apply

Applications are invited from initiatives which demonstrate a contribution to Breast Cancer UK’s charitable objective to further research into the environmental and chemical causes and prevention of breast cancers.

Funding is limited to £45,000 per project and each application will be assessed individually on its own merits.

Consistent with Breast Cancer UK’s view that there should be a transition away from in vivo animal testing, we will only consider funding for research which relies on Replacement Methods (non animal methods) of testing. Please see our policy on Animal Experimentation.

Applications must adhere to our Grant Funding Submission Criteria and Terms and ConditionsThe Grant Application Form can be downloaded and submitted to

Assessment of applications is normally completed within three to five months of the submission deadline.

Please note the deadline for our 2019 application round was Friday June 21, 2019.

The next application round will open in 2020

For more information or to discuss our grants programme please email Dr Margaret Wexler ( or call 0845 6801322


Page last updated June 27, 2019

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