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Help us research the link between harmful chemicals and breast cancer

There is growing evidence that exposure to environmental chemicals is increasing our risk of breast cancer. This area of research is poorly funded yet is important in order to identify all risk factors associated with breast cancer. For this reason, Breast Cancer UK sets aside a proportion of its income to fund research into the links between breast cancer and exposure to harmful 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 (nonanimal methods) of testing. Please see our policy on Animal Experimentation. 

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

The next application round will open in Spring 2020 

For more information or to discuss our grants programme please email science@breastcanceruk.org.uk or call 0845 6801322. 

Further reading:  Animal Testing Policy, Grant funding submissions terms and conditions and Grant application form.

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