At World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) we are dedicated to funding research into cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity. We are pleased to announce that our Regular Grant Programme 2019/2020 cycle is now accepting applications.

Our latest cancer prevention report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspectiveidentified some knowledge gaps and areas where further research is this field is needed. Our grant programme is focusing on four of these research areas, therefore we especially welcome projects proposing to study:

  • Biological mechanisms by which diet, body composition and physical activity affect cancer processes.
  • The impact of diet, nutrition and physical activity throughout the life course on cancer risk.
  • Stronger evidence for the impact of diet, nutrition and physical activity on outcomes in cancer survivors.

More information on our research principles, areas and themes which define the scientific scope of our Regular Grant Programme can be found in our guidelines document. Applicants are encouraged to read the application guidelines carefully before applying.

Our cancer prevention report also identified the need to have a global representation on relevant exposures for cancer, that’s why we are interested in funding research in low-and-middle income countries. We advise building a team of relevant, and sometimes interdisciplinary, experts but continue to encourage international collaborations and research from low- and middle-income countries, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of cancer prevention and survival research from under-represented regions. 

Our grant programme accepts applications from anywhere in the world except the Americas (North America, Central America including the Caribbean, and South America). Over recent years we have funded projects across Europe, Asia and Australia, reflecting the international nature of WCRF.

One example of a project we recently funded through our grant programme is Professor Goldstein’s work studying the effect of exercise training in cancer survivors with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. We also funded Professor Prokopenko’s project looking at the biological links of cancer and type 2 diabetes.

The deadline for applications is 5pm (BST) 7 October 2019. We look forward to receiving many interesting proposals!

Dr Anna Diaz Font, WCRF’s Head of Research Funding, and Charlotte Constable-Fernandez, WCRF’s Research Funding Officer.