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 £200 million of infrastructure investment funding for technical staff, equipment, training and running costs.

Centres review & funding periods

We fund our centres on a five-year cycle, with the current funding cycle running from April 2017 to March 2022. At the end of the funding cycle, we convene an independent, international Panel to assess the performance of each centre, applications from potential new centres, and the network as a whole.

Prospective applicants for Centre status at the next funding cycle (2022-27) should contact the CRUK Centres and Institutes team (centres-institutes@cancer.org.uk) to discuss their eligibility. New applications could be considered up to 31st March 2021 with final funding decisions made in late 2021.

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 90 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?

The Cancer Research UK 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.