Canadian Cancer Research Survey

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The Canadian Cancer Research Survey (CCRS) is a comprehensive and systematic approach to collecting information on cancer research being conducted across Canada. Data are collected annually from organizations within the governmental and voluntary sectors that fund cancer research. Projects are classified on the basis of the Common Scientific Outline (CSO), a taxonomy of cancer-related research activity developed by cancer organizations in the U.S. and U.K., as well as cancer site and other classification typologies. This evidence base is used to inform individual and joint planning, and facilitate coordination between funding organizations, where appropriate. Data are also contributed to the database of the International Cancer Research Partnership, of which CCRA is a member.

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CCRS Expert Advisory Working Group

The CCRS Expert Advisory Working Group is comprised of volunteer members representing member organizations of the CCRA. Its mandate is to assist the CCRS Manager with needed expert advice and input to facilitate the conduct of the cancer research survey. Current members are:

  • Dr. Lucille Beaudet, Scientific Director, Cancer Research Society 
  • Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship, Prostate Cancer Canada
  • Dr. Jim Hudson, Consultant
  • Dr. Stephen Robbins, CCRA Chair and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute for Cancer Research
  • Dr. Sara Urowitz, Executive Director, CCRA
  • Dr. Christine Williams, Deputy Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Organizations/Programs Captured in the CCRS

  • Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
  • Breast Cancer Society of Canada
  • C17 Research Network
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Canada Research Chairs Program
  • Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (merged with CCS in 2017)
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
  • CancerCare Manitoba
  • Cancer Care Nova Scotia
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Cancer Research Society
  • The Cole Foundation
  • Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Santé
  • Genome Canada
  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research
  • Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (ceased to exist on March 31, 2019)
  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Ovarian Cancer Canada
  • Pancreatic Cancer Canada
  • Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
  • Prostate Cancer Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada/Health Canada
  • Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Research Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
  • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • The Terry Fox Research Institute

The survey also includes information from the federal government’s Research Support Fund and the Canadian Cancer Society-funded Canadian Cancer Trials Group.