Cancer Grand Challenges

Cancer Grand Challenges is a global funding platform founded by the Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute in the US. The aim is to bring together the most talented multidisciplinary research teams that will tackle one of the 9 Challenges and find bold new solutions based on cutting-edge research and scientific creativity.

Select your Challenge, build your team, and unleash your creativity!

Scope of Cancer Grand Challenges

The Cancer Grand Challenges is composed of 9 Challenges, which have been identified as major research hurdles, and that can only be undertaken by multidisciplinary teams and global alliances, that have the potential to transform how we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Collaboration, innovation and creativity are at the heart of Cancer Grand Challenges. The Challenges’ focus areas are renewed every 3 years.

Who can apply for this competition?

The Cancer Grand Challenges aims to fund the most talented researchers from across the globe. The team should be composed of a Principle Investigator based in a research institute, and multiple Co-Investigators, from all over the world (no more than 70% of the activities can be performed in a single country). Patient advocates and a full-time manager will also have to be included in the team.

It is highly recommended to select members of diverse backgrounds and experiences, from academia or from a commercial setting and include Co-Investigators that are at an early stage of establishing their independent careers.

What is Cancer Grand Challenges looking for?

  • Think out of the box, be bold, be innovative.
  • Create the best team, with the best idea to address the challenges.
  • Include non-traditional disciplines, and people affected by cancer to your team.
  • The focus of your research should go towards preventing, diagnosing or treating cancer.

Read more about foundations

Visit the Cancer Grand Challenges website



About Catalyze

Catalyze is an innovation consultancy offering services to develop effective strategy, procure (non-) dilutive funding, ensure successful project delivery, and more, for clients working in the fields of life sciences & health, and green & sustainable innovations. Driven by a belief that the most meaningful innovations deserve the best chance to succeed, Catalyze has established itself as a key player in the innovation ecosystem, headquartered in Amsterdam and operating worldwide. To date, Catalyze has raised more than €1 billion in funding for its clients, built a network ecosystem of more than 2500 partners, and manages a €300M+ project portfolio.


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