Our Research Centres

At the heart of our strategy to beat cancer sooner is a network of translational centres delivering world-leading research that accelerates the transition of lab-based discovery science 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, 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, providing over £100million of infrastructure investment funding for technical staff, equipment, training and running costs.

Centres review outcomes

We've now completed our five-year Centre review for the funding period running from April 2022 – March 2027. We’ll be investing £100 million over five years into seven Cancer Research UK Centres.

Directory of Centres


Contact us

Dr Brooke Lumicisi

Research Programme Manager – Lead for CRUK Centres



More research infrastructure

We fund a network of state-of-the-art facilities at more than 80 institutions across the UK. From basic science and drug discovery to experimental medicine and clinical trials, our infrastructure enables research throughout the pipeline.

Cancer Research UK Open Lab initiative logo


Are you looking for new opportunities to exchange ideas and interact more closely with other research groups?

Our Open Lab Initiative has been launched to encourage CRUK Centre Network research groups, CRUK-funded laboratories, and other groups undertaking cancer-related research to hold joint group meetings online.

Our aim is to connect research groups with mutual or complementary interests to spark creative discussions, generate novel scientific ideas, and establish new research collaborations.