Welcome to the CCRA Website

We are an alliance of organizations that collectively fund most of the cancer research conducted in Canada – research that will lead to better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and improve survivor outcomes. Our 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.

Save the Date - 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. Please reserve these important dates in your calendar.

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.

Registration and abstract submission for the conference will open in April 2017. For further information, please visit www.ccra-acrc.ca/conference 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!

A New Executive Director for CCRA

CCRA welcomes Dr. Sara Urowitz as its new Executive Director. Sara has a PhD in Health Policy and Bioethics and was most recently the Group Manager, Palliative Care and the Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat at Cancer Care Ontario. Sara is also an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. With a background in strategic planning, palliative care, and cancer survivorship, Sara is well placed to facilitate CCRA's work in these areas.

Dr. Stephen Robbins is the New CCRA Co-chair

At the recent CCRA Member Meeting, Dr. Stephen Robbins, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Cancer Research and Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, at the University of Calgary, became the incoming CCRA co-chair. Dr. Robbins was elected from among the organizational representatives and will serve a two-year term. Congratulations, Steve!

Members recognized the invaluable contributions of outgoing co-chair, Dr. Christine Williams, Chief Mission Officer and Scientific Director, Canadian Cancer Society, who served for three years. Dr. Williams played an instrumental role in the development of Target 2020, the delivery of the 2013 and 2015 research conferences, and the reports on cancer research investment. Thank you, Christine!

Cancer Research Investment in 2013

CCRA released the new cancer research investment figures for 2013. This brief report shows an annual investment of $498M for 2013, higher than the first four years of the survey, but the lowest amount since 2008. Much of the decline from 2009 to 2013 was attributable to reduced cancer-relevant investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and from provincial sources in Ontario. The investment in operating grants, however, continued its year-upon-year increase, with the ongoing trend of greater investment from “focused” funding programs compared to open operating grants. To access this report, detailed tables, and a companion slide deck, click here.

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