Since the Bone Cancer Research Trust was formed in 2006, we have awarded over £5.3million to research focused solely on finding a cure for primary bone cancer. To date we have funded 106 research projects and continue to expand our research network, encouraging more researchers to focus their expertise on primary bone cancer.

As a result of the continued impact of COVID-19, please read our charity statement detailing changes to our Research Grant Programme (issued 01/04/20). This statement is intended for anyone applying for, or who holds, a Bone Cancer Research Trust grant.

We recognise that our ability to fund research is limited by our physical and financial resources. Therefore, we aim to maximise the impact of our grants by encouraging research that is likely to win support from larger funding bodies in due course.

We fund research in the UK and encourage national and international collaborative research. We believe there is great value in collaborative research and finding a cure depends on the cooperation of many experts, some of whom will have not worked in bone cancer research to-date.

We place special emphasis on:

  • Nurturing the careers of early-stage research staff with an interest in bone cancer research
  • Working with research teams to develop their research ideas through an innovative pilot grant scheme
  • Supporting proposals which are likely to win support from larger funding bodies
  • Encouraging collaboration between research groups
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary team work and partnership
  • Facilitating access to primary tissue and clinical data

The Bone Cancer Research Trust are dedicated to monitoring and communicating the progression and impact of our research funding to our wide audience of supporters. We hope that this will improve our supporters understanding of primary bone cancer research and the difference their donations are making.

Our 2017 - 2022 Grant Programme

Calls for grant applications will be announced 18 months in advance of the funding schedule. Additional grants may be added to the programme should funding become available. The below chart is correct as of January 2021.

For more details on our 2017 - 2022 Grant Programme and our overall strategy please click here.


We provide a full descriptive list of all of our 'Current Research Projects' and welcome you to contact us if you wish to know more about any of the research the Bone Cancer Research Trust is funding.

We receive no governmental funding and rely entirely on the support of the general public to continue funding pioneering research. If you would like to learn more about our research process, please visit our 'For Researchers' section.