Funding research


Research laboratory
Children with Cancer UK is one of the UK’s leading funders of research into childhood cancer.

Related linksOur research strategyPeer review and assessment processes2014 workshop on in utero exposureWe are currently funding around 50 research projects at centres of excellence around the UK. These projects are investigating a broad range of childhood cancers – helping us to better understand these diseases and to find more effective, less toxic ways of treating them.

All applications for funding are rigorously assessed by members of our Scientific Advisory Panel, with the assistance of other leading experts from around the world. In this way we can be confident that we are funding only the most promising research.

Current research

One of the greatest medical success stories of the last century is the amazing growth in the survival from childhood cancer. 50 years ago, only a quarter of children diagnosed with cancer survived. Today, more than 80 per cent of young patients can be successfully treated.

...the lucky children who survive may be left with serious health and developmental problems...However, cancer still claims the lives of around 400 children and teenagers every year in the UK. And unfortunately the lucky children who survive may be left with serious health and developmental problems as a result of the intensive treatments used to save their young lives.

Through our investment in research, we are taking forward our understanding of childhood cancer, to give new insights into ways of treating young patients with even the most difficult forms of cancer. We hope to drive up the survival rate still further whilst reducing the risk of harm.

Read more: Current research projects

Development of research facilities

On occasion, we provide capital funding to aid the development of research facilities.

University of Glasgow Paul OGorman Leukaemia Research CentreBy assisting in the establishment of dedicated research centres, we help to bring research teams together and provide access to improved facilities and equipment. This helps scientists and clinicians to make the best possible progress in their work, for the benefit of children with cancer.

Read more: Our research facilities

Sharing the results of research

As well as directly funding research, we work hard to encourage the sharing of results.

aerial view of Childhood Cancer 2012 research conferenceWe have hosted three major international scientific conferences, with the most recent, Childhood Cancer 2012, taking place in London in April 2012.

In June 2014 we hosted an important workshop on the causes of childhood cancer.

We also provide funding for other conferences and meetings, including long-term support for the meetings of the Childhood Leukemia International Consortium (CLIC).

Read more: Our scientific conferences

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