Paul Huang in Lab

Let’s solve a puzzle.

When Sarcoma UK funds a project, we fund one piece of a massive puzzle being worked on all over the world.

  • We get more pieces of the puzzle when researchers can carry out hundreds of experiments and tests.
  • We get more pieces of the puzzle when the best and brightest minds in the scientific community ask more questions, test more theories, refine more techniques, critique more findings and then share all of what they learn. And then do it all over again.

For people affected by sarcoma, this puzzle is no game. Sarcoma UK funds both laboratory-based and clinic-based research to reveal the cause of sarcoma, find solutions and put together kinder treatments for patients.

We fund ground-breaking laboratory-based research to piece together the biological mechanisms of sarcoma so we can identify it earlier and treat it effectively.

We fund pioneering clinical research that will make an immediate difference to people with sarcoma, either at diagnosis, treatment or in follow-up.

Our transformational Genomic research programme aims to unlock the exciting potential offered by the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The pieces of this puzzle come in different sizes. We fund a range of grants to unlock small and larger pieces.

Our pilot grants allow researchers to explore fresh innovative new ideas, whilst our larger grants take those seeds to the next level. Our flagship studentship programme invests in the research leaders of the future, with each studentship contributing an average of 40 years to sarcoma research.  

To date, we have funded over 60 research projects and invested over £3.6 million into scientific and medical research to better understand sarcoma and look for improved treatments and outcomes for patients.

What are we trying to achieve with research funding? Sarcoma UK funds research to ultimately improve care for people with sarcoma, through more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment and better quality of life.  Read more about the impact of our research funding. 


Lots of our projects aim to improve sarcoma treatment. Some focus on developing new approaches to treating sarcoma, like heating up magnetic nanoparticles to kill tumours. Some focus on making existing treatments more effective, like using a version of the smallpox virus to boost the effect of chemotherapy. And some are all about finding new drugs or better understanding what drugs need to target.


As well as treatment, we fund projects on improving diagnosis and detection of sarcomas, with lots of projects exploring the role of genetics. We also fund projects that try to give people living with sarcoma better quality of life, like using tracking technologies to assess walking difficulties.


Funding research is one of Sarcoma UK’s main charitable objectives. When you donate to support Sarcoma UK’s research, you know with certainty that your donation will help us find and put together the pieces of the puzzle.

Sarcoma UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and our high quality research programme reflects this.

Our strategic goals are set out in our Research Strategy 2021-2026.