Ned Sharpless, NCI director (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Can­cer Re­search UK and NCI to kick off next rounds of Grand Chal­lenges

Over the last five years, Can­cer Re­search UK has splashed £130 mil­lion ($172.6 mil­lion) in­to glob­al on­col­o­gy re­search through its Grand Chal­lenge ini­tia­tive. And there’s more where that came from.

The char­i­ty or­ga­ni­za­tion is join­ing forces with the US Na­tion­al Can­cer In­sti­tute for three ad­di­tion­al rounds. Re­search teams vy­ing for a cut of the fund­ing will take a shot at “chal­lenge ques­tions,” which will be post­ed in Oc­to­ber. From there, a por­tion of ap­pli­cants will re­ceive pi­lot funds to fi­nal­ize their pro­pos­als, and the best teams will be award­ed $25 mil­lion for can­cer stud­ies over the next five years.

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