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 already 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 impact

4,000+ fellowships awarded in the last 50 years


51 organisations received a SPARC grant, to support MBC patients


60 institutions shared their expertise by hosting fellows


200+ Congress delegates participated in a Master course


300+ senior executives engaged in the CEO Programme


36 Young Leaders from 19 countries in the alumni community

Explore our offer
SPARC Grants
CEO Programme
Young Leaders Programme
Leadership in Action meetings
Master Courses
Cancer Advocates programme
Regional engagement
New on offer: Virtual Fellowships
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UICC is launching a virtual alternative to the in-person learning experience provided by UICC’s Fellowships programmes, allowing the continued transfer and exchange of key skills and knowledge in cancer control at a time when UICC members need it the most.

Open and upcoming calls

Find the latest Capacity Building opportunities right here:

Deadline_for_applic Opportunity
15 October 2020

Apply to become a Country Champion of UICC’s Cancer Advocates programme​ and play a crucial role in helping to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, communities and society. 

Click here for more information and to apply

31 December 2020

Virtual Fellowships involve a minimum of four one-hour video calls with an expert in a specified field of interest (priority initially given to cancer control and COVID-19 topics). They are open to candidates from UICC Member organisations who have at least five years’ experience working in cancer control.

Click here for more information and to apply

Ongoing offers                                  

UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members with enhanced opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions on their respective and common challenges.

Click here to view the Virtual Dialogue schedule

Upcoming offers

Applications for the following Fellowship programmes will open on 2 October 2020

Young Leaders programme call for applications to open in Spring 2021.


Latest Capacity Building news
Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, CEO of the Country Champion organisation National Cancer Council Mongolia, at World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019
16 September 2020

Become a Country Champion of UICC’s Cancer Advocates programme

UICC is launching a call for expressions of interest for member organisations from low- and middle-income countries to join its Cancer Advocates programme and inspire national action on cancer control in their countries.

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
1 September 2020

Increasing survival rates for children with cancer

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a moment to reflect on the particular challenges facing children who have cancer and their parents and recall the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer launched by WHO in 2018.

3 Persons looking at a laptop
12 August 2020

UICC’s Virtual Dialogues meet with enthusiasm within the cancer community

Since the launch last May of UICC’s Virtual Dialogues, a total of 345 professionals have participated in this new suite of online activities introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at Asociación Tour Rosa de Costa Rica provide essential supplies and support to cancer patients during COVID-19
12 August 2020

Addressing metastatic breast cancer in the time of the coronavirus pandemic

The organisations who were awarded UICC-Pfizer SPARC grants last year have shown resilience in face of COVID-19 in addressing metastatic breast cancer (MBC) with virtual support groups, home visits and a radio drama series.

UICC 2019 Annual Report
3 July 2020

Discover UICC's impact in its newly published 2019 Annual Report

UICC's 2019 Annual Report looks back at a year of achievements that have helped the organisation build a solid foundation and navigate the current uncertainty and a rapidly changing environment.

Call for Applications for Project ECHO Breast Cancer Control Course, photo (c) Sarah Cervantes Unsplash
30 June 2020

Call for applications: Project ECHO® on breast cancer control

UICC opens a call for applications to participate in a Project ECHO® breast cancer control course, delivered in partnership with the NCI Center for Global Health and the Breast Health Global Initiative.


"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 former Director
Last update: 
Tuesday 15 September 2020