What is NCRI?
NCRI is a partnership between the government, charity and industry which promotes co-operation among the 22 member organisations and beyond for the benefit of patients, the public and the scientific community.
The activities of NCRI are led by the NCRI Board, whose core membership comprises senior staff from member organisations. The NCRI Secretariat carries out the Board’s decisions and facilitates interactions between partnering organisations.
Why we exist
NCRI was set up in 2001 to develop common plans for cancer research and to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. Until NCRI came together there was little joint planning or management of cancer research, and collaborations were patchy. There was no single source of information about the research being carried out, so it was difficult to assess needs for new work.
The main mission of the NCRI is to make sure that patients benefit from cancer research in the UK. We also promote research which will help people to avoid getting cancer in the future.
As well as funding cancer research, NCRI partners aim to make the results of research as widely available as possible. New knowledge can then be applied in further research, and companies can use the information to develop new treatments and diagnostics. We also want the public to be well-informed about the most important discoveries.
A few simple principles govern how we work:
- Our actions are based on evidence about current research
- We work with patients
- We encourage people to work together and we aim to add value