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Grand Challenge Awards
£20M awards to accelerate progress
The Grand Challenge awards are the most ambitious cancer research grants in the world.
Bringing together the brightest minds from around the globe, they’re intended to drive a revolution in how we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Last year, our advisory panel set seven challenges for 2016 applicants. Each challenge identified some of the greatest barriers preventing true progress in cancer research.
This prompted an international call for bold ideas that would benefit from the freedom and support of this innovative award.
9 teams have now been shortlisted.
2016 shortlisted teams
In February, we received a wide range of high quality applications from over 200 institutes, spanning 25 countries, uniting over 400 world-class researchers
Now, our Advisory Panel have shortlisted nine exceptional teams. Each are proposing novel, game-changing approaches to answer some of the most important questions in cancer research.
From virtual reality tumour tours, to building molecular checklists for lethal cancers, see what it takes to be one of the nine teams shortlisted for a £20 million Grand Challenge award.
Develop vaccines to prevent non-viral cancers
Eradicate EBV-induced cancers from the world
Discover how unusual patterns of mutation are induced by different cancer-causing events
Distinguish between lethal cancers that need treating, and non-lethal cancers that don’t
Find a way of mapping tumours at the molecular and cellular level
Develop innovative approaches to target the cancer super-controller MYC
Deliver biologically active macromolecules to any and all cells in the body
Got a great idea that doesn’t fit the other challenges? Check out our other funding schemes.
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