We have completed changes to the tissue bank systems that may have affected existing tissue requests and will alter future ones. There is no change to policies for releasing tissues. Please contact the Tissue Bank Coordinators if you have any questions.
The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank is currently operating at a reduced capacity in order to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. While we continue to consider all requests please be aware that it may take slightly longer than usual to fulfil.
During this time we will continue to take enquiries regarding any future requests so please contact us if you have any questions.
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.Apply now
Application process summary
Complete your application form You’ll need an account to apply for samples. Make sure you refer to applicant guidance in the resources section.
Review and submit If you have listed co applicants, make sure they have also reviewed all the information in the application before submission.
Breast Cancer Now check Your application will be checked for missing information by the Tissue Bank team. Breast Cancer Now will decide on the level of review for the application by asking the following. Does the application deplete the Bank's stock? Is the project already peer-reviewed by an AMRC-registered charity or equivalent?
Decision We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within four weeks of submission.
Samples released Samples will 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.