Helping the right projects find the right answers

cancer research scientist using liquid nitrogen

Since our foundation in 1979, we have invested in thousands of research projects from top scientists in world-renowned institutions all over the world. Our philosophy is clear: if we believe a project can make a difference in the fight against cancer then we will award a grant to make it happen. But it’s not as simple as just saying yes. Every year we’re presented with hundreds of projects, all with merit and all in need of financial support. No matter how groundbreaking these projects might be, we can’t say yes to them all. We don’t have the funds. And without precious donations we can’t say yes to any. The one thing that’s certain is that research is the only thing that can make a difference in the fight against cancer.

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

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

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.



test tubes drying

How breast cancer cells are able to spread around the body

When tumours stay in one place they can be more easily treated with surgery and the patient has a higher chance of a good outcome. However, cancer becomes more difficult to treat when the cancerous cells have started to spread away from the original tumour.

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sample in petri dish

Targeting bone disease in myeloma

This project is testing a potential new treatment for myeloma and will investigate whether it might also help stop the myeloma itself as well as control the bone damage.

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We have funded 1,717 research projects in 34 countries.

whatever it takes,
wherever it takes us.

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