What research are we looking to fund this year?

17 July 2017 | Cancer research

Dr Panagiota Mitrou is Director of Research Funding & Science External Relations at World Cancer Research Fund International.

Every year our grant programme funds innovative research on the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer and it is now open for applications.

New grant call

This year we have restructured our grant programme to focus on important knowledge gaps that have been identified by scientists, including those working on our Continuous Update Project.  We also consulted cancer patients and our WCRF supporters and took their thoughts on what research they would like to see funded into consideration.

What’s new this year?

Through the Continuous Update Project and our consultation process, we have identified the need to study the mechanisms that underpin the effects of diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer risk and survival. We have also identified the need to address the host factors that influence an individual’s susceptibility to cancer development, progression and response to treatment.

We will be funding research on these themes for both cancer prevention and survival. 

For the research area of cancer survivors, we also encourage broader research into the identification of likely causal links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and outcomes after cancer diagnosis, as robust evidence on these links is still lacking.

Additionally, we have introduced a one-stage process for assessing pilot grants. We have also expanded the remit of our pilot grants to cover methodological research.

How to apply

Our guidelines document outlines the grant programme’s research principles, areas and themes, clarifies the eligibility criteria and provides details of the submission and review process.

We continue to encourage international collaborations and research from low- and middle-income countries, with the aim of strengthening capacity from under-represented regions. We accept applications from Principal Investigators based at research institutions from any country outside the Americas (with co-applicants or collaborators from anywhere in the world). 

We are unique in our mission to eradicate preventable cancers attributable to diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity and improve the lives of cancer survivors. Our grant programme is vital to help make this a reality.

Apply for research funding 

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project, please contact the Research Funding Team before you submit your application: research@wcrf.org

Dr Giota Mitrou | 17 July 2017

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