Affordable Approaches to Cancer: A research challenge from India and the UK


27 Aug 2019

Affordable Approaches to Cancer: A research challenge from India and the UK

 

Background

Cancer Research UK and the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology have partnered to launch a £10M, 5-year research initiative focused on finding affordable approaches to cancer. The initiative aims to stimulate a focused bilateral, multidisciplinary research effort to address important challenges in affordability in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It is intended to drive collaboration and support innovative and readily translational research. By bringing together the complementary research strengths of India and the UK, the initiative will accelerate progress in research that will impact cancer outcomes on a global scale.
 
The bilateral Advisory Panel of the initiative has set seven research challenges under the theme of affordable approaches to cancer.  Below is an overview of each challenge (for more information please visit our webpage):
 
Challenge 1 | Prevention: Identify and quantify cancer risk factors to better understand regional variations in incidence, enabling new approaches to cancer prevention
Challenge 2 | Early detection: Devise affordable screening tools to improve early detection of cancer
Challenge 3 | Early diagnosis: Identify affordable approaches to improve early diagnosis of symptomatic cancers
Challenge 4 | Computational approaches: Develop computational approaches that can reduce the cost of cancer care delivery
Challenge 5 | Small molecule treatments: Identify novel, affordable treatment approaches for hard to treat cancers using small molecules
Challenge 6 | Treatment: Improve the affordability of effective cancer treatments
Challenge 7 | Children’s and young people’s cancer: Develop approaches to improve long-term quality of life in children and young people with cancer
 
How to apply
Bilateral teams from India and the UK are invited to join forces to tackle one of our seven research challenges. The Call for Applications is open for joint teams from 2nd September - 4th November 2019 to apply for seed funding awards up to £30,000 (approx. Rs 26 lakhs) to develop full applications, over 6 months, for programme awards of up to £1.5M (approx. Rs 13.1 crores) over 4-years.
 
Following review by the Advisory Panel, the successful teams would be awarded seed funding in March 2020. This funding is designed to allow those teams to travel between India and the UK to develop an understanding of research contexts and to establish research partnerships to address one of the seven research challenges.
 
The grants process for the initiative will be managed by the implementation partner of the initiative, the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, with support from CRUK and DBT. Details of the application process are available here
 
More information
For more information, please visit the webpage, which has further information on the initiative, including the scientific remit and eligibility guidelines, the Advisory Panel and the research challenges. For queries regarding the Affordable Approaches to Cancer Initiative or if you require help finding potential collaborators for your application, please write to [email protected]

Find the press release of the signing of the tripartite agreement between DBT, CRUK, and India Alliance here.