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Cancer Grand Challenges

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the world’s leading funders of cancer research, are partnering to fund the Cancer Grand Challenges (CGC) program. Cancer Grand Challenges will fund novel ideas by multidisciplinary research teams from around the world that offer the potential to advance bold cancer research and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Cancer Grand Challenges is a global funding partnership giving multidisciplinary teams of scientists the flexibility and scale to innovate and carry out cutting-edge research. This partnership fosters a highly competitive process designed to promote scientific creativity of the highest order. Through this partnership, NCI and CRUK expect to fund around four awards for each round of Cancer Grand Challenges, with each multidisciplinary team being awarded approximately $25 million over five years.

The timeline for the 2021 Challenge questions is listed below and will be updated regularly:

Launch of Cancer Grand Challenge Questions 10/14/2020
Submit Expression of Interest 4/22/2021
Announcement of Those Selected to Submit Full Application 06/2021
Interviews 12/2021
Final Teams Publicly Announced 2022

To learn more, visit the cancer grand challenges program website.

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NCI and Cancer Research UK Cancer Grand Challenges Partnership