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Cancer research

The WCRF global network funds research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and body fatness to cancer risk. The network also focuses on interpreting the accumulated scientific literature in the field, as well as educating people about diet and cancer.

WCRF International manages most of the scientific activities of the WCRF global network. We work with researchers in universities, medical schools and research institutes around the world, aiming to improve our understanding of the causes of cancer and how it can be prevented.

The links below provide more information on our scientific activities. In addition, download our Science and Research Programmes brochure for more information on the WCRF global network research activities, including the WCRF/AICR Continuous Update Project, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report and Policy Report, and our Grant Programmes.

WCRF International funds a collaboration with the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI) and is involved in a collaboration with Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In addition, WCRF International has a collaboration with Breast Cancer Campaign with the aim of co-funding top quality UK-based research on breast cancer through food, nutrition, physical activity and body weight. Email research@wcrf.org to request more information on the scope of any of these collaborations.

CUP report

Continuous Update Project

The WCRF global network initiated the Continuous Update Project to continuously update and review the evidence collected for the Second Expert Report.

Regular Grant Programme

Regular Grant Programme

The WCRF International Regular Grant Programme funds research into the effects of food, nutrition, physical activity, and body fatness on cancer.

RFA Programme

RFA Programme

The Request for Applications (RFA) Programme is a more directive stream of funding initiated in 2009.

Funded Research

Our funded research

Find out about grants awarded under the WCRF International Research Grant Programme between 2001 and 2013.

WCRF International Academy

WCRF Academy

The WCRF International Academy is an educational initiative developed following the launch of the WCRF/AICR 2007 Expert Report.