Our research is vital. Despite significant increases in the numbers of people surviving cancer, there are still over 9,000 people in Ireland who die each year from this disease. Even with treatment, they cannot be saved. We passionately believe research is how we can change this and deliver better futures sooner.


Breakthrough Cancer Research is a key funder of cancer research in Ireland. For researchers wanting to stay up to date with funding calls please sign up to our research newsletter here: Click to signup

  • Funding Information

    Breakthrough Cancer research offers funding to Irish researchers — both early-career and senior leaders — who have the potential to make significant advances in improving the survival of cancer patients through research.

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  • Public-Patient Involvement

    We have established a Public Patient Involvement (PPI) panel to make sure that we continue to support research that is important for patients and their families.

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The Gerald O’Sullivan Chair in Cancer Research

Breakthrough Cancer Research in 2019 commenced funding an endowed leadership chair in translational cancer research for a 5 year period.

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