Facts and figures about our research funding

In the financial year 2021/2022 we funded research worth £388m.  

We fund research through a variety of mechanisms, from supporting infrastructure, including our world-class research institutes, to providing grants for investigator-led programmes, projects and training fellowships. 

Our funding spans the research pipeline, and our diverse portfolio includes research into almost every aspect of cancer. In the financial year 2021/2022 it included £193m on research projects focusing on specific cancers and £79m on research that underpins all cancers.

Here you can explore in more detail how and where we fund research, and how your own work fits in. 

Breakdown of Cancer Research UK annual research activity 2021/22
Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK CEO

"The next 12 months will be a critical time for us to put cancer back at the top of the agenda, positively influence cancer plans across all four UK nations and shape the UK Government’s 10-year cancer plan. We’re looking to the future with optimism – a future in which we bring about a world where everyone can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer."

In her statement as part of our Annual Report, our CEO Michelle Mitchell reflects on the charity's renewed vision for the long-term future. 

Our funding covers research into 200 cancer types.

Cancer Research funding by disease type 2021/22

Our network

A map snippet to show the Cancer Research UK network

Our long-term investment in state-of-the-art facilities has helped to create a thriving network of research at 90 institutions in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK. 

Our network includes Centres of Excellence to drive progress in priority areas such as brain tumours and lung cancer, CRUK RadNet to develop the UK’s radiobiology and radiooncology community, and much more.  

Our funding of key research areas

Breakdown of the different funding streams

Funding across the research pipeline

Pie chart to show Cancer Research funding across translational, basic and clinical research

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