Grant programmes

About our Research Grant Programme

World Cancer Research Fund International’s Research Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on cancer prevention and survival - and is an important part our work to help achieve our vision of living in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

The research we fund as part of our Research Grant Programme, builds on and is informed by the scientific findings from our Continuous Update Project and Second Expert Report. In addition, the Research Grant Programme funds innovative research that focuses on our area of work: the link between diet, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on cancer prevention and survival.

The Regular Grant Programme 2014/2015 cycle is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 10 October 2014.

Our Research Grant Programme has two main funding streams:

1. Regular Grant Programme

This programme accepts applications related to five main research themes:

  • Address emerging exposure-outcome links relating diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity to cancer
  • Improve the characterisation of existing exposure-outcome links relating diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity to cancer
  • Identify and characterise host factors/susceptibility that might explain variation in cancer risk or progression in response to diet, nutrition (including body composition) or physical activity
  • Identify and characterise progression and outcome in cancer survivors in relation to diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity
  • Identify mechanisms that underpin links between diet, nutrition (including body composition), physical activity and cancer

Our Regular Grant Programme accepts applications from anywhere in the world, except the Americas (North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America). Applications from the Americas should be submitted to our network charity, the American Institute for Cancer Research, which offers a Research Grant Programme.

2. Request for Applications Programme

Our second main research funding stream is the Request For Applications (RFA) Programme. The Request For Applications Programme focuses on specific research topics that have been identified as areas of high priority for the World Cancer Research Fund network, such as the development and validation of biomarkers or the varying impact of exposures on different populations. A particularly exciting RFA call in 2012 led to a project that is currently developing a systematic review methodology for mechanistic studies.

Additionally, on occasions we will consider applications for special grants; these are at our discretion and subject to available funds.

The Request for Applications Programme is not currently seeking applications.

How our Research Grant Programme is funded

World Cancer Research Fund International manages the Research Grant Programme on behalf of three of our network of member charities, who fund the approved grants. These are:

  • World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK), based in the United Kingdom.
  • Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds (WCRF NL), based in the Netherlands.
  • World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (WCRF HK), based in Hong Kong.