ERA-NET: Sustained collaboration of national and regional programmes in cancer research

Basic Information


"Cancer is a worldwide health burden and a major public health challenge. Despite significant advances in the understanding, prevention, diagnostics and treatment, cancer remains a public health problem in Europe and the world. In such a setting, translational cancer research plays a key role in successfully addressing the growing burden of cancer.

The great potential of translational cancer research in Europe will only be achieved when the main barriers are systematically addressed through concerted actions between public and private organisations that provide funds for research, researchers, healthcare providers and all those engaged in the cancer research spectrum. Moreover, adequate and systematic financial support backed by a strong political commitment is absolutely essential to help reduce the burden of cancer that European citizens are currently facing.

In this context, the TRANSCAN-3 network, with a strong background in funding cancer research, embodies an excellent model of cross-national cooperation by bringing together 31 funding organisations, from 20 countries, with the common goal of supporting high-impact translational cancer research through cross-national joint calls for proposals, and by an efficient investment of dedicated national/regional public funding, leveraged with foundation/charity-based resources and EU financial support.

Building up on the well-established cooperation and accomplishments, through the harmonisation of national/regional funding mechanisms and programmes, plus continued and sustained series of efforts for the access to and sharing of data on cancer research, this TRANSCAN-3 project also aims at becoming a catalysts for a sustainable model of funding of high-impact cancer research in Europe and beyond, with an approach to effectively engage relevant stakeholders (patients, society as a whole, policy makers, etc.) in different stages of the action."

H2020 Societal Challenges

H2020-SC1 (Health, demographic change and wellbeing)

Research fields covered by the network

  • Health

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Joint Calls

Joint Call Title Type Launch Date Deadline
End Date
Combination therapies against cancer: new opportunities for transnational research two-stages 26/04/2024 05/07/2024 29/11/2024 01/05/2025
3rd TRANSCAN-3 Joint Call 2023 two-stages 09/05/2023 21/07/2023 15/12/2023 01/05/2024
2nd TRANSCAN-3 Joint Call 2022 two-stages 23/05/2022 18/07/2022

Submitted: 70


Submitted: 40


Successful: 0

1st TRANSCAN-3 Joint Call 2021 two-stages 06/04/2021 29/06/2021

Submitted: 161


Submitted: 56


Successful: 20

Funded: 20