The search for the best cancer research in the world

cancer research scientist using liquid nitrogen

Since our foundation in 1979, we have invested in nearly two thousand research projects from top scientists in world-renowned institutions all over the globe.  Many of these projects have already improved the lives of people with cancer and others are being developed into new tools for diagnosis and treatment.  But these are difficult economic times and the demand and competition for funding has never been so tough.  Hard funding decisions are made on the basis of scientific quality, innovation and the belief that the researchers can deliver on their ambitious proposals.  No matter how groundbreaking these projects might be, we can’t say yes to them all. We simply do not have the funds.  Below are details of our funding rates and the applications we receive.  These vary over time depending on the level of funding available, cost of the grants and demand from the research community.

The numbers of applications received and grants awarded in recent years are:

Grants Starting in: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Applications 485 453 499 620 587 606 616 614 802 769
Grants 66 68 57 52 47 49 45 49 49 50
Funding rate 13.6% 15% 11.4% 8.4% 8.0% 8.1% 7.3% 7.9% 6.1% 6.5%

In order to keep the quality of our research as high as we can, we ask that potential grant holders only submit projects which meet our requirements. To make this process as simple as possible, we would ask all applicants to read through the following information before making an application.

Our next grant round will open early in 2017.



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Why and how do immune system cells switch from fighting cancer to aiding it?

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A New Cause of Spinal Tumours

Professor Gareth Evans used Worldwide Cancer Research funding to track down a gene that causes meningioma, an inherited type of brain and spine tumour.

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We have funded 1,808 research projects in 34 countries.

whatever it takes,
wherever it takes us.

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