Introduction

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) is an alliance of organizations that collectively fund most of the cancer research conducted in Canada – research that will lead to:

  • better ways to prevent cancer
  • diagnose cancer
  • treat cancer and
  • improve patient and survivor outcomes.

Members include federal research funding programs/agencies, provincial research agencies, provincial cancer care agencies, cancer charities, and other voluntary associations. 

We are motivated by the belief that, through effective collaboration, Canadian cancer research funding organizations can maximize their collective impact on cancer control and accelerate discovery for the ultimate benefit of Canadians affected by cancer.

Our Executive Office is supported by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. For more information on the Partnership’s role, click here.

The CCRA is not a registered charity and cannot accept donations. If you wish to donate to a charity that funds cancer research, please check our Members page.

New Research Frameworks Released

CCRA is pleased to announce the release of two research frameworks as part of its Target 2020 deliverables. The Pan-Canadian Research Framework for Cancer Survivorship and the Pan-Canadian Research Framework for Palliative and End-of-Life Care are available for download along with one-page summaries, which will facilitate broad stakeholder engagement. CCRA will focus on development of an implementation approach in the coming months. The development of these frameworks involved many representatives from the Alliance and experts from the cancer survivorship and palliative and end-of-life care fields. You can find all of these documents here.

New Cancer Research Investment Report

CCRA's latest report describes the decade-long investment in cancer research and how it has changed over time. Nearly five billion dollars was invested from 2005 to 2014. There were substantial investments in national and regional platforms through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a ramp up of provincial research programs in Ontario. A number of charities posted increased research funding from the first to the second quinquennial. The increased investments were most pronounced for research in the areas of early detection, diagnosis and prognosis and treatment. To access this report, detailed tables, and a companion slide deck, click here.

Abstract Submission for 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance is pleased to announce the fourth Canadian Cancer Research Conference, taking place from Sunday November 5 to Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC. The conference brings together the Canadian cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. This is an ideal opportunity for researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, and trainees at all stages of their career to hear the latest developments in Canadian cancer research and to network across research disciplines.

Abstract submission for the conference will open on April 3rd, 2017 and registration in mid-April. For further information, please visit http://conference.ccra-acrc.ca/ or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominations for 2017 CCRA Awards

In 2011, the CCRA initiated a biennial recognition program consisting of three awards to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals who have had a remarkable impact on cancer research and the cancer research community. These awards are presented during the Canadian Cancer Research Conference. The next conference will be held in November 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

A new award recognizing exceptional leadership in patient involvement has been added this year.

A subcommittee of the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference’s Executive Planning Committee will review nominations and recommend award recipients in each category. Nominations must be received by April 20, 2017. To forward nominations or for more information, please contact Melissa Cheung (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Other News and Events...

Save the Date for the 2017 ARCC Conference

The 2017 ARCC Conference will be held in Toronto at the Toronto Hilton on May 25th-26th. The ARCC Conference is Canada’s only applied cancer control research conference, bringing together policy and decision makers, researchers, clinicians, trainees, and other stakeholders to share work in the areas of health economics, services, policy, and ethics as it relates to cancer control in Canada. Click here to register. This year’s conference program will be our most engaging yet! Plenary sessions will explore the role of technology/innovation in health care, and examine the ideas behind Value-based frameworks. We will also have a special discussion based session on deliberative engagement. Don’t miss out on the chance to feature your work! Click here to submit an abstract. Abstracts must be submitted by February 3.For more information, see the 2017 ARCC Conference Webpage at http://cc-arcc.ca/arcc-conference-2017/.