Research opportunities in early detection and diagnosis

Early detection research

We have a broad variety of opportunities to help researchers progress their early detection and diagnosis research or get involved in this field for the first time, from research funding grants to events and conferences.

We support research across the pipeline, from discovery research which takes us further in our understanding of early-stage disease, to translational studies and research which bridges the gap between scientific breakthroughs and clinical practice or healthcare policies.

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Events and conferences

Our events break the barriers between disciplines and open up new avenues for collaborative research. We have upcoming conferences in early detection and early diagnosis, as well as online archives of highlights and outputs from previous events.


Our portfolio

We fund the best research from the best researchers, across the spectrum of early detection and early diagnosis research. The case studies below provide a taste of the kinds of projects and programmes that we support.

Our policy on early diagnosis


We work to ensure that diagnosing cancer early stays at the top of the agenda, and that research discoveries translate into healthcare policies and clinical practice in the NHS.

Resources for health professionals

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Find out about activities in the UK focusing on early diagnosis of cancer, including screening projects and resources, and our early diagnosis research conferences.

Our research on early diagnosis

Our scientists are looking at new ways to detect cancers earlier, and we've contributed to some of the advances that have seen cancer survival rates double over the past 40 years.