Grand Challenge Awards

Grand Challenge Teams Announced

Grand Challenge phase 2

£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.

Meet the Shortlisted Teams


Challenge 1

Developing vaccines for non-viral cancers

Develop vaccines to prevent non-viral cancers

Challenge 2

Eradicating EBV-related cancers worldwide

Eradicate EBV-induced cancers from the world

Challenge 3

Discovering how unusual patterns of mutation are induced

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

Challenge 4

Distinguishing when is cancer not cancer

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

Challenge 5

Mapping tumours at a molecular level

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

Challenge 6

Developing new approaches to target MYC

Develop innovative approaches to target the cancer super-controller MYC

Challenge 7

Delivering macromolecules to all cells in the body

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

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Cancer Research UK alternative funding schemes

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

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