Grand Challenge Awards

Grand Challenge Teams Announced

Grand Challenge phase 2

£20M awards to accelerate progress

Grand Challenge awards are the most ambitious cancer research grants in the world. They’re intended to catalyse a revolution in how we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer by bringing together the brightest minds from around the globe.

Last year, our advisory panel set seven challenges opening an international call for bold ideas which 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 proposing to use 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. 

Meet the Shortlisted Teams


Challenge 1

Develop vaccines to prevent non-viral cancers

Challenge 2

Eradicate EBV-induced cancers from the world

Challenge 3

Discover how unusual patterns of mutation are induced by different cancer-causing events

Challenge 4

Distinguish between lethal cancers that need treating, and non-lethal cancers that don’t

Challenge 5

Find a way of mapping tumours at the molecular and cellular level

Challenge 6

Develop innovative approaches to target the cancer super-controller MYC

Challenge 7

Deliver biologically active macromolecules to any and all cells in the body

More funding

Got a great idea that doesn’t fit the other challenges? Check out our other funding schemes.

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