Capacity building
Developing capacity building initiatives to strengthen the cancer community
About capacity building

UICC has more than 50 years of experience in providing training and capacity building across the field of cancer control.

In promoting greater equity in cancer control, UICC is striving to:

  • Support organisations in doing a better job tomorrow than they do today
  • Increase members’ impact by scaling up their relevance, reach, and sustainability in their own settings, taking into account that each member is unique 
Our Capacity building offer
Grants & Fellowships

UICC grants and fellowships facilitate the professional development of cancer organisations and professionals through seed-funding, capacity building and convening opportunities for organisations.

SPARC Grants

Seed funding for innovative projects on metastatic breast cancer.



International visits to learn new skills in all aspects of cancer control.


Master Courses

A hybrid training opportunity through online learning and in-person workshops, available free of charge to delegates registered to the World Cancer Congress.

CEO Programme

Learning from peers on strategic level challenges and connecting leaders from cancer control organisations across the regions.


Young Leaders Programme

Nurturing young professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control.





"I am so grateful for this course and addressing these issues and functionality in a way that is informative and also dispels the beliefs and taboo language and process around sexuality. So good to openly discuss and have good questions to ask. Thank you to the team who put this together and to the lecturers who gave their time and experience - such a well rounded course"

Participant from Master Course on 'Sexuality Issues in Cancer Care'

“UICC has pioneered the development of a tailor-made programme to support CEOs of cancer organisations in their leadership role and to help them address today’s challenges in the rapidly changing environment of cancer control. As a CEO myself, I was excited to experience these opportunities to mingle with peers, exchange thoughts and views, and hear about best practice case studies. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the sessions and meet other CEOs in the cancer field.” 

Maria Jocelyn Kara Alikpala, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Wild, Director of IARC speaking at the 2016 WCLS

"Being a UICC fellow is an outstanding opportunity to sharpen skills across different areas of cancer research and receive exceptional training to become a leader in the field of cancer control. It is also a valuable route to furthering career development, adding value to the work of one’s home institution and expanding professional networks."

Christopher P. Wild, PhD, ICRETT Fellow 1984 and 1992 and Director
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Last update: 
Monday 5 August 2019
Latest capacity building news
15 August 2019

The power of cross-border collaboration for cancer control

Over 20,000 delegates from the Asian region will come together this Friday 16 August for the 2019 annual Chinese Conference on Oncology in Chongqing, China. This year’s theme, ‘Oncology Prevention and Control Winning in Integration’ will explore the value of collaboration in cancer control.

26 July 2019

Call for applications: 2019 YY Study Grants

Cancer professionals working in basic, clinical or public health research who wish to perform a 3 month international collaborative visit are invite to apply to the​ 2019 YY study grant call which opens on Friday, July 26 2019. The submission deadline is Monday, October 28 2019.


Leadership in Action Oman - Princess Dina Mired - Leadership development
18 July 2019

UICC awards 10 members with Leadership Development Grants

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has selected ten representatives of member organisations to receive grants for leadership development. With the full support of UICC, each awardee will have the valuable opportunity to conduct a ten-day visit to a fellow cancer organisation as a way to further promote closer regional collaboration and impactful knowledge sharing.

2017 SPARC MBC Challenge awardees
16 July 2019

Excellence in SPARC projects recognised through top-up grants

Five organisations participating in the Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Challenge have been selected to receive top-up grants, with a total of USD 25,000 additional funding to be provided. Through this funding, projects will be able to expand the reach and impact of their activities. 

Male nurse sitting with patient on intravenous feed
15 July 2019

Icon Group opens its network of cancer centres to UICC Technical Fellows

Icon Group, a UICC partner, offers to share their expertise with cancer professionals from around the globe by hosting international UICC Technical Fellows within its network

24 June 2019

The Francophone African Cancer and NCD communities meet in Dakar

From 12 to 14 June Dakar became a regional hub for cancer control and NCDs with a series of events focusing on strengthening and mobilising civil society in Francophone Africa.