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
31 December 2020

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

Upcoming offers

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


Latest Capacity Building news
20 UICC member organisations will be joining the Cancer Advocates programme in 2021
12 January 2021

New Country Champions selected for UICC’s Cancer Advocates programme

A new group of UICC members join the Cancer Advocates programme aiming to strengthen their skills, knowledge and networks in advocating for equitable access to cancer control.

UICC is increasing its focus on patient engagement through opportunities both at the regional and global levels
16 December 2020

Increasing the focus on patient engagement

UICC is increasing its focus on patient engagement with opportunities for members now consolidated both at the regional and global levels through the 2020 Master course on Patient Engagement and the expansion of the Patient Group Mentoring programme.

The pandemic is accelerating progress in the use of remote diagnostics, big data and artificial intelligence that is helping to bring quality care closer to patients
20 November 2020

Cancer beyond COVID-19: Bringing quality cancer care closer to patients

The second UICC Virtual Dialogue in the Cancer beyond COVID-19 series looked at the lessons learned during the pandemic that can help transform outdated systems into more efficient, patient-centred models of care.

Working together in teams, participants in this Project ECHO course will learn how to apply the Knowledge Summaries on Breast Cancer Control to their project and respective settings over a period of six months
13 November 2020

Sharing best practices in breast cancer control

UICC’s Project ECHO® for breast cancer control began this week with organisations from 22 LMICs across the world. Their projects cover a range of issues focused on improving breast cancer control and patient outcomes. 

A training dedicated to TNM staging was organised for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, where the cancer burden is increasing rapidly but has limited cancer incidence data. Patients at Istanbul University Oncology Institute.
13 November 2020

Essential TNM Staging course for the Eastern Mediterranean region

Effective data collection on cancer is essential for better outcomes. UICC with IARC and FoCP organised a training course on TNM staging to support the development of cancer registries in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The ICCP ECHO Program is convening eight country teams in the implementation stage of their national cancer control plan (NCCP)
14 October 2020

Assisting countries to implement National Cancer Control Plans

A new on-line learning programme sees global cancer control experts assist eight countries, in collaboration with their Ministries of Health, in implementing their national cancer control plans.


"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: 
Monday 26 October 2020