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 
A concrete impact

4,000+ fellowships awarded in the last 50 years


40 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

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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Leadership development
Regional engagement
Last update: 
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Latest capacity building news
Leadership in Action in Latin America
23 October 2019

Cancer control in LATAM: leaders discuss challenges and successes

Over 50 leaders recently came together in Mexico City to exchange the most recent developments in cancer control pertinent to their countries and reinforce regional collaborations.

Nthano Zathu Radio Drama Zambia
13 October 2019

11 cancer organisations selected for the 3rd round of the SPARC MBC Challenge

Since the launch of this initiative in 2015, more than US $1.5 million has been granted to cancer organisations in order to support projects addressing the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients.

ancient architecture backlit Mexico
30 September 2019

Cancer control at the centre of key events in Mexico City this October

During the first week of October, Mexico City will be the point of convergence of high-level discussions and exchanges focusing on systemic solutions for cancer care and control in Latin America.

24 September 2019

UICC supports cancer research through its Fellowship Programme

Research on the causes, prevention and early detection of cancer is a key element in controlling the disease. This World Cancer Research day, UICC highlights the importance of collaboration.

Young Leader and Alumni group WCLS 2019
27 August 2019

UICC selects eight aspiring young cancer professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control

UICC will nurture eight aspiring young cancer control professionals over the next 12 months to become successful and more effective leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community.

CACA Conference China
19 August 2019

The power of cross-border collaboration for cancer control

Over 20,000 delegates from the Asian region came together for the 2019 annual Chinese Conference on Oncology (16-18 August) in Chongqing, China. This year’s theme, ‘Oncology Prevention and Control Winning in Integration’  explored the value of collaboration in cancer control.