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Charity gives cancer research £100m boost

15 October 2015 08:29

Cancer Research UK launched its Beat Cancer Sooner campaign in 2013

Cancer Research UK launched its Beat Cancer Sooner campaign in 2013

Tens of millions of pounds have been put up for grabs, in a bid to help researchers find ways to beat cancer.

Scientists around the world are being urged to bid for funding from Cancer Research UK's £100 million Grand Challenge grant scheme.

Research teams are being invited to pitch ambitious and innovative study ideas, with the first grant of up to £20 million set to be awarded next autumn.

The money will fund at least five years' worth of research, a time during which a minimum of five more Grand Challenge grants will be given out.

And it will be cancer patients themselves who will help decide which study proposals get the grants, says the charity which launched its Beat Cancer Sooner campaign two years ago.

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Boosting cancer research

Dr Rick Klausner, the former director of the US National Cancer Institute, is chairing the charity's Grand Challenge board.

Describing the multi-million pound initiative as big, bold and exciting, he believes it will help boost cancer research on an unprecedented scale.

Dr Klausner says the UK charity is challenging the way cancer research is thought about by aiming to bring scientists and patients from around the world together.

Global response

Professor Nic Jones, chief scientist at Cancer Research UK, says new technology and recent advances have brought the scientific community to a potentially decisive point in terms of cancer research.

But with the disease affecting millions of people around the world, efforts to defeat it demand a global response, he says.

And Professor Jones says while hopes of major breakthroughs have never been more realistic, they rely on spurring on the world's scientists to work together.