The European Cancer Community Foundation Rising Star Grants support quality research in any cancer-related field and nurture the next generation of academics, investigators, researchers and nurses.  

These Grants encourage applications from all areas of cancer research and are reviewed by a Selection Committee. 

The European Cancer Community Foundation is committed to supporting investigators from under-represented populations in medicine and research. It also strives to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the oncology workforce and cancer community at-large.   

The first round of Foundation Grants, the Rising Star Grants totalled €3,000 in support of a specific future research project and were awarded at the annual European Cancer Summit 2023 held in Brussels recently.

See the winners and pictures from the event here. 

Review Process

Grant Selection Committee

Our Grant Selection Committee evaluates applications and recommends which ones to fund. The Committee is appointed by the Board of the European Cancer Community Foundation and comprises five experts representing different European Cancer Organisation Member Societies and/or Patient Advisory Committee members. Grant Selection Committee members may include academics, professors of medicine,  nursing, pharmacy or other healthcare–related fields, biostatisticians, scientific reviewers, patient representatives or other lay members. All reviewers volunteer their time and receive no compensation for their services.

Decisions of the Grant Selection Committee are taken on a majority basis after weighing all relevant factors.  Detailed records of deliberations remain confidential.  Members of the Grant Selection Committee exercise their discretionary powers in good faith, and for the specific, intended and authorised purpose.  Feedback may be provided by the Grant Selection Committee upon written request.


Information on the next round of Grants will soon be available.