We are committed to funding research to improve cancer care and outcomes and to ensure patient benefit is at the core of our efforts. Breakthrough will achieve its strategic objectives through increased investment and focus on these research priorities over the next several years.

Specifically, we will:
  • Increase research investment into poor prognosis cancers and currently incurable cancers prioritising lung, oesophageal, ovarian, pancreatic, brain, liver and stomach cancers.

  • Improve integration of cancer research into cancer care in Ireland and increase clinical capacity by prioritising funding for projects and programmes with significant clinical engagement.

  • Fund the discovery and development of new therapeutics, surgical approaches and technologies, including biological and immune approaches, to improve cancer treatment.

  • Fund research which aims to improve the effectiveness or specificity of current cancer therapies including investing in biomarkers discovery, nutrition and therapeutic delivery.

  • Invest in research harnessing the potential of big data to improve cancer detection, personalised treatment and patient outcomes.

  • Invest in research-led innovation at every stage of the cancer patient journey from first diagnosis through to treatment, clinical trials and palliative care to improve survival and quality of life.


Our research encompasses a number of themes in the field of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


    Cancer prevention is an essential area of cancer control


    We fund research into improved, early and exact diagnosis.


    We fund innovative, cutting edge research in cancer treatment


    We fund survivorship research from diagnosis to end of life