Our Research Centres

At the heart of our strategy to beat cancer sooner is a network of 13 translational research centres delivering world-leading research that accelerates the transition of lab-based discovery to the clinic for the benefit of people affected by cancer.

Our Centres drive local collaborations between universities, NHS hospitals, and other research organisations. Together, they operate as a network which plays a key role in delivering our strategic objectives in translational research, with different Centres contributing their expertise in different tumour sites and research themes.

We award Centre status to locations performing the highest quality cancer research, and we provide over £200 million of infrastructure investment funding for technical staff, equipment, training and running costs, developing the breadth and depth of research at each of these Centres.

Opportunities to work and study with us

We're committed to supporting the next generation of cancer researchers and a substantial portion of the funding for our Centres is dedicated to training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, including clinician researchers. If you are interested in working or studying with us, you should approach individual Centres or research groups.

Directory of Centres


Centres' Network Accelerator Awards

These collaborative awards provide infrastructure funding for teams across different institutions to create high-quality resources that will advance translational research.

The call for expressions of interest for the 2015 funding round has now closed. Details for future calls will be announced in due course.

Centres review & funding periods

An independent, international panel is assembled at the end of each funding cycle to assess the performance of each Centre, applications from potential new Centres, and the network as a whole.

The current 5 year funding period began in April 2017. Each Centre is also evaluated against its objectives annually, to determine continued funding.

Contact us

Dr Alastair Cunningham

Senior Research Funding Manager

Tel +44 (0)203 469 6756


More research infrastructure

We fund a network of state-of-the-art facilities at 90 institutions across the UK. From basic science and drug discovery to experimental medicine and clinical trials, our infrastructure enables research throughout the pipeline.

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