Embarking upon a new era of discovery
By daring the very best to come together and think differently, we aim to make the radical progress against cancer the world urgently needs.
Who will solve cancer’s most complex challenges?
Our nine new challenges closed for applications on 22 April 2021.
Successful teams will each receive up to £20m ($25m) to carry out team science on a global scale.
Catalysing a step change in cancer research
Every two years we work with the global research community to identify some of the most complex problems in cancer research – those which, if solved, could make the biggest difference to progress.
To pinpoint each round of challenges, we convene workshops around the world, consulting with researchers, people affected by cancer and organisations, including, in the most recent round, the Spanish Association Against Cancer (FC-AECC) and the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC). We also invite the submission of ideas online.
This rigorous process captures a breadth of ideas that are interrogated by the Cancer Grand Challenges Scientific Committee – a selection of the world’s most eminent scientists. As funding partners, Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute make the final decision on which challenges should be posed to the research community.