How to apply to the Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank

How to apply

Who can apply

Applications may be submitted at any time by researchers in the UK and Ireland and will be reviewed in the order they are received. We are reviewing applications from outside of the UK and Ireland and commercial organisations on a case by basis.

Funding and peer review approval for the proposed research must be obtained prior to applying for material.

Useful information

Application process summary


Complete your application form To apply for tissue you will be required to fill in a Tissue Request Form.


Send to co-applicants Co-applicants can review the application


Review and submit Review the Tissue Request Form and submit your application to the Tissue Bank Management Team


Check and review Your application will be checked for missing information by the Tissue Bank Coordinator


Patient/lay review of tissue request All applications are reviewed by patients. You may have to amend your lay summary for review


Tissue Access Committee review of tissue request Your tissue request is viewed by relevant experts and a patient advocate on the Tissue Access Committee


Decision We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within six weeks of submission


Samples released The samples can be dispatched once a Material Transfer Agreement has been agreed


Breast Cancer Now will cover the costs of supplying materials to be used on Breast Cancer Now-funded research projects. For samples (cells, tissue and bloods) requested from the Bank, the applicant will need to cover the cost of couriering the samples.

Costs will be recovered from the applicant for supplying materials to be used on research not funded by Breast Cancer Now. We will apply a 33 per cent discount for academic researchers. The search portal will estimate the costs of the samples applied for.

Read the full details in our cost recovery SOP in the resources section.