We start new cancer cures
The research journey is a long one and we sit at the very beginning. We fund fresh new cancer research ideas with the aim of making breakthrough discoveries that will lead to future cancer cures.
We have a global outlook
We know the best ideas in cancer research won’t be limited to one country, they could come from any scientist in the world. We’ve backed scientists across 35 different countries since we were founded 40 years ago.
We fund research into all cancers
There are over 200 types of cancer, and no magic bullet will cure them all. To be truly open to the best, most innovative ideas, we don’t focus on a particular cancer type. In fact, much of the research we fund could ultimately help treat or prevent many types of cancer.
And we’re small but mighty
Our Edinburgh-based team of just 45 people punches well above its weight. Since its inception the charity has funded a total of 2000 projects and £200M of cancer research worldwide. Our ambition is to quadruple research funding over the next decade so that we can kickstart 100 new ideas a year, every year.
The charity has weathered the pandemic well, successfully stabilizing income throughout and even growing charitable activity in 2021. This means we are well positioned for further growth and are now looking to make two key appointments towards this.