NCRI Strategy Expression of Interest

We want to hear your ideas for how the NCRI can further progress towards the goals set out in our five-year strategy. Your idea might be as simple as running a workshop to consider a specific issue, or as large as a five-year initiative. For examples of the type of work undertaken, visit our initiatives landing page.

We want to see ideas:

  • That help the NCRI further progress against our goals.
  • Where it is clear the NCRI can add value above that which could be provided by other organisations.
  • That are related to cancer research.

The purpose of the NCRI is to improve health and quality of life by accelerating progress in cancer-related research, through collaboration. We are a Partnership of research funders who believe that research is at the heart of driving improvements in prevention, treatment and care for people affected by cancer and the wider public.

Our success to date comes from our ability to identify where collaborative working adds value. We capitalise on opportunities, address challenges and strengthen the excellent work that our Partners and others do to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. A key strength of the NCRI is our broad membership, with representation across both charity and government funders as well as across all four nations in the United Kingdom.

We involve many stakeholders in our work including people affected by cancer, industry, researchers, professional bodies, non-Partner research funders, government organisations and representatives from research initiatives.  This ability to bring different perspectives to the table accelerates progress in research related to cancer, fosters innovation and enables us to tackle some of the biggest challenges that the cancer research community is facing.

Together, the NCRI Partnership will:

      • Ensure a coordinated portfolio of research related to cancer.
      • Seize opportunities and address challenges in research relevant to cancer.
      • Continuously improve the quality and relevance of research related to cancer.
      • Accelerate the translation of cancer-related research into practice.
The NCRI is fundamentally concerned with topics relating to research (compared with other entities concerned with service development or the full spectrum of research and care). Topics also tend to be those where there is benefit from the work being independent of any one organisation, with multiple funders involved. Policy research, as related to supporting and improving cancer research, is also of interest.

The kind of challenges the NCRI has looked at in its first 16 years have often been broad and underpinning. For instance, a shortfall of research activity relative to other areas (prevention, living with and beyond cancer and end of life care), a need to unite components of infrastructure (clinical trials units), a need for harmonisation between parts of the research community (biobanking, imaging), or reinvigorating academic engagement (radiotherapy, pathology, surgery).

The NCRI doesn’t usually take on topics if another NCRI Partner or UK organisation is already taking a lead – though we may help to connect other Partners or groups into such work, or communicate it more widely.

Similarly, where other organisations or groups have niche expertise or a directly matching remit to the topic raised, for example the UKCRC Regulation & Governance subgroup, or the MHRA, we would expect to flag issues to them rather than take the topic on directly.

Ideas that are pieces of academic research would be expected to go through the usual funding channels of NCRI Partners.

The NCRI Executive will firstly assess if your idea fits our strategic goals. Our Strategy Advisory Group will advise the NCRI Executive on which ideas to explore further based on potential impact of the idea and the value added by the NCRI undertaking any work. The NCRI Partners will then give a view on which ideas should be explored in more detail.

If your idea reaches this stage we will work with you to scope out your idea in more detail and create a project plan that can be assessed for a final decision. The process will vary from this point depending on the scale and cost of any work involved. We expect simpler ideas, such as for a workshop, to be approved more quickly than larger, complex or more expensive ideas.

There are two periods each year to submit an expression of interest for an idea to be considered. The next deadline for submissions will be Sunday 12th August 2018.

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