News from UNCAN

30/01/2023 CSA : Pave the way for initiative

An initiative to better UNderstand CANcer ( is part of the implementation roadmap of two programs of the European Union (EU), Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the Horizon Europe Mission on Cancer. The role of CSA, funded by the European Union through Horizon Europe, is to prepare a blueprint for within the next 15 months.

The representatives of the 29 institutions and organizations participating in the project have highlighted the importance of this scientific initiative, renewing their commitment and support toward the project while the main point of the meeting was the presentation of the activities that the partners will carry out during the 15 months of this project.

The CSA started in September 2022 and the executive committee had its first interaction with EC representatives on December 8. Workshops are now planned to better define what the Federated cancer research data hub will be (Heidelberg, February 28, March 1) and the use cases (Barcelona March 29,30 and Roma, May 22,23). You can follow the CSA through the website and our newsletter.


Project Activities

Launching an online survey with the purpose to identify the next research challenges from the side of cancer patients & survivors, caregivers, and the general public, that need to be prioritised to reduce the burden of cancer for millions of European citizens and the global society at large.

The survey is available in English, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, and Polish and it takes around 20 minutes to complete.

To access the survey please click here.

The closing date is 20 February, 2023.


Role of SIOPE

The European Society For Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE) has already started working on different Work Packages (WPs) of the project. Main activities and meetings are being taken under WP 2 – Identification of cancer research challenges to address future EU priorities/research policies, WP 3 –  Mapping of European Research Infrastructures and initiatives Roadmap for a European Federated Cancer Research Data Hub and WP6 – Inequalities  in cancer research – improved science with improved outreach.

More information about can be found at the Project’s website: