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
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Last update: 
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Latest capacity building news
Hope Project, Portugal, Childrens Cancer
21 January 2020

Motivating young cancer patients to become superheroes

In Portugal, about 400 children and adolescents under 18 years are diagnosed with cancer every year. To help young cancer patients and their parents face some of the challenges, Hernâni Zão Oliveira launched the HOPE project.

Breast Cancer, Research, Laboratory
9 January 2020

Five study grants awarded to further cancer research

UICC is pleased to announce the five awardees of the ​2019 YY study grant call.

Dr Wahid, NCCPs, Qatar, Leadership in Action
28 November 2019

Qatar National Cancer Framework: Lessons learnt and key factors for success

An interview with Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed, MD, Head of Professional Development and Scientific Research Department at the Qatar Cancer Society and member of the Qatar National Cancer Committee.

Leadership in Action, Singapore
28 November 2019

UICC is looking for Leadership in Action meeting hosts

An opportunity to catalyse leaders and action for cancer control in your region 

UICC SPARC Awardees attend a workshop at the ABC5 conference in Lisbon
12 November 2019

Addressing the needs of people living with metastatic breast cancer

SPARC organisations gather at the Advanced Breast Cancer 5th International Consensus Conference in Lisbon, Portugal to exchange experiences on addressing the needs of people living with metastatic breast cancer.

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.