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


400+ learners and 700+ CME credits awarded through online learning


450+ senior executives engaged in the CEO Programme


45 Young Leaders from 27 countries in the alumni community

Explore our offer
Young Leaders Programme
Breast Cancer Programme
Online learning
Cancer Advocates programme
Regional engagement
Spotlight on: Online Learning
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UICC’s online learning offer has evolved over the years and now includes a dedicated eLearning platform hosting a range of both self-paced and cohort-based online courses.

Open and upcoming calls

Find the latest Capacity Building opportunities right here:

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15 May 2022

Grants for projects offering an evidence-based approach to improving the availability of and access to early detection of breast cancer

Learn more here

31 December 2022

Applications for the following Fellowship programmes are now open.

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

  • Six self-guided online courses are currently available for staff of UICC members on the UICC eLearning platform. These courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe.

    Click here to view the available courses
    (To access the course you must sign up or sign in to your UICC eLearning account)


Latest Capacity Building news
African female and male health care researchers working in life science laboratory, preparing and analysing microscope slides in a research lab
29 March 2022

Taskforce takes action to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in the Commonwealth

UICC Board Member, Dr Miriam Mutebi, offers an inside look at the efforts of the International Taskforce on Cervical Cancer Elimination in the Commonwealth to reach WHO’s targets.

Male patient sitting up in his medical bed at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan
23 March 2022

New book seeks to improve cancer data and care in the Arab World

Cancer in the Arab World aims to provide healthcare workers, researchers and policymakers with important data to improve the knowledge, prevention and treatment of cancer in the 22 Arab nations.

Woman at a breast cancer awareness campaign in Pakistan holding up a signpost that says: "Fight breast cancer before it starts". Photo by UICC is offering grants to members for projects aimed at improving access to early detection. Photo by Salman Asif/UN Women Asia and the Pacific,  breast cancer awareness campaign in Pakistan in 2013.
Updated on 29 March 2022
7 March 2022

New UICC grants to improve access to early detection in breast cancer

Marking International Women’s Day on 8 March, UICC is opening a call for applications for grants focused on improving early detection of breast cancer.

A woman rests her head on the shoulder of another woman, both wearing masks, in a breast cancer clinic in Mexico.
2 March 2022

SPARC has benefitted thousands of breast cancer patients since 2015

UICC highlights projects of the third and final round of grantees of the SPARC programme that has reached many thousands of metastatic breast cancer patients and health care workers in low-resource settings since 2015.

Group of surgeons in Mexico operating on a cancer patient
24 February 2022

Improving cancer care in Latin America for all populations

A series of four in-depth reports on the health system challenges in managing cancer in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia offer a comprehensive review and health system solutions to improve access to care.

Woman wearing a mask speaking to another person holding a notepad.
21 February 2022

2022 Technical and Virtual Fellowships calls opens

The 2022 call for Technical Fellowships is now open for applications in English or French (Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone), as well as the Virtual Fellowships.


"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: 
Thursday 5 May 2022