There are several strong centres for cancer research throughout Scotland ranging from behavioural research in the area of prevention to research into the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer.

However, most of the research is carried out in relatively small units and research collaboration across Scotland is the exception rather than the rule.  One of the Foundation's main aims is to foster collaboration in cancer research as we believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

For this reason, the Foundation sponsors workshops to allow researchers across Scotland to come together and explore the possibility of working together e.g. a workshop which took place in November 2011 resulted in the award of a grant from the Chief Scientist's Office to study the opportunities for a cancer prevention lifestyle intervention linked with breast cancer screening.