European call for research projects

KickCancer's strategy has always been to foster a European ambition for research in paediatric oncology.

Today research is often funded at a national level or through research networks. When charities fundraise, they are looking for projects on their own and have them reviewed either by an inhouse scientific committee or through an ad hoc peer review process. Some greater calls for projects are organised, but then, again, they are often aimed at national projects.

We want to do better. We indeed believe that the most promising projects, wherever they originate from, should be selected and financed: we can’t restrict our funding to national projects or to some networks. We simply want to find the best projects. 

We also want to encourage collaboration among the biggest academic laboratories and unearth the most creative, innovative projects from smaller research teams… Our quest for projects must be completely
This is why we have saved some of the funds that we have raised in the last few months in order to be able to set up an open European call for research projects. For such a tender to be successful, we have to mobilise significant funds in order to make sure that the best (academic) research teams are incentivised to participate.

This is also why we want to keep fundraising in order to increase the amount at stake from KickCancer in that call and why we are working on this project with two other European charities, as we are discussing to pool our funds to increase the size of the call.

Increasing  the size of the call will not only raise the ambition for European research projects in the field of paediatric oncology; it will also spare some efforts to researchers, who oftentimes spend too much time looking for sources of funding and filling out application forms. The goal here is to lead the way forward to a one-stop-shop. 

This call for project will be launched in the course of 2019 and we hope that it will raise the ambition of European researchers to a new exciting level in the field of paediatric oncology.

Objectives

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Objective: 600 000 euros at the end of 2019
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Our other projects

Liquid biopsies

For children with rhabdomyosarcoma, assessing response to treatment and whether they remain in remission requires regular imaging such as MRI. In some types of cancer, but not rhabdomyosarcoma, it has been shown to be clinically useful to assess abnormal DNA released from a cancer into the blood stream.

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150 000 over 1 year
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A better cure for an incurable brain tumour

Brain tumours are the main causes of mortality and morbidity of children, adolescents and young adults. Gliomas are the most frequent and the most fatal kind, among which the diffuse intrinsic pontic gliomas (or DIPG) represents the most severe form, universally incurable with hardly any patients surviving more than 2 years after the diagnosis.

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150 000 over 1 year
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A coordination unit for clinical trials in Belgium

The Belgian Paediatric Oncology Association (BSPHO) currently does not have enough internal ressources to sustainably support its efforts to participate in all European clinical trials. KickCancer is committed to allocating the first € 100.000 raised each year during the RUN TO KICK race to finance the first stones of this coordination cell.

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100 000 euros per year
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