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.


  • has been publishing reports on the annual investment in cancer research in Canada since 2007 (to access, click here)
  • also publishes research investment reports on childhood and adolescent cancers, cancer risk and prevention, early translation, survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life care (to access, click here)
  • has developed two pan-Canadian cancer research strategies, which identify key priorities for cancer research funding collaboration (to access, click here)
  • has produced specific research frameworks for prevention, survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life care, as well as a report on the state of cancer clinical trials in Canada (to access, click here)
  • CCRA’s publications have been cited in more than 50 scientific papers (for a listing of these papers, click here)
  • has convened three scientific conferences, with the fourth scheduled for November 2017 in Vancouver (for more information, click here)
  • recognizes, on a biennial basis, the accomplishments of key leaders in cancer research (for more information, click here).

Cancer Research Investment in 2015

According to CCRA's latest report, $480M was invested in cancer research in 2015. The investment in operating grants accounted for a larger proportion of the investment than in previous years due to a decline in investment in equipment/infrastructure. There were significant increases from 2011 to 2015 in the investments made in research on prostate cancer, brain cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia.

To access this report, detailed tables, and a companion slide deck, click here.

*Please note that a regrettable error was made on the initial PDF and the hard copy version of the English report. The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) was omitted from the list of member organizations on the final page of the report. The PDF has been corrected and uploaded (Jan. 29/18). BCSC is a valued member and we apologize for this omission.

Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer Appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada

On December 29, 2017, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among them, is Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, who is appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. Eisenhauer is being recognized for her extensive research contributions and leadership within the field of clinical cancer care in Canada. We applaud this well-deserved recognition!

CCRC 2019: Save the Date

The fifth biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference will be held November 2-5, 2019, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance will once again bring together the cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. Remember to save the date in your calendars!

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CCRA Awardees for 2017

This year's CCRC awards were presented at the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference, which was held from November 5 to 7, 2017 in Vancouver. Recipients were: Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer (Queen's University) who received the Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research award, Dr. John Bell (University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital) and Dr. Marco Marra (The University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency) who received the Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research award, Dr. Eduardo Franco (McGill University) who received the Distinguished Service to Cancer Research award, and Dr. Michael A.S. Jewett (University of Toronto and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) and Ms. Judy Needham (Canadian Cancer Trials Group and Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network) who received the Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer award. For more information, click here.

Other News and Events...

Prostate Cancer Canada's RAC - Call for Nominations

Prostate Cancer Canada is seeking researchers to become part of its Research Advisory Council (RAC). RAC membership represents established health research leaders with a focus or interest in prostate cancer from across major regions in Canada. Each term of appointment is 3 years, renewable for a further term. Self-nominations are permitted. For more information, see

Opportunity at the Canadian Cancer Society - Vice President, Research

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Research and Programs, the Vice-President, Research, provides overall scientific leadership and financial stewardship for the administration of the Society’s budget in research programs and initiatives to meet its strategic goals and research outcomes. This position is responsible for engaging the cancer research community to build researcher loyalty and support for CCS as a premier funder of cancer research in Canada. For more information, see

Opportunity: Scientist at the RIOH in Manitoba

The Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology (RIOH), a joint institute of CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, invites applications for a full-time position as Scientist and appropriate level of Professor at the University of Manitoba beginning October, 2 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible.

This is a one-year appointment (October 2, 2017–October 1, 2018). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted until December, 31 2017 or until the position has been filled. For more information, click here.