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
Organisational leadership
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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23 October 2022 The UICC's Digital leadership programme aims to build the digital capacity of UICC members, so that in turn they are able to become expert digital storytellers, grow their audiences and raise more funds through effective digital campaigns. Learn more here.
1 November 2022

Micro course: Cancer and ageing - the facts, care models and policies

The aim of this course is to highlight the importance of geriatric assessments for older patients with cancer, and how the results can be used to implement interventions aimed at improving patient care and allowing for more tailored cancer treatment. Learn more here.

1 November 2022

Master course: Good practices for planning and implementing breast cancer projects

In this course, participants will learn how to find recommendations for breast cancer interventions that are relevant to the resources available to them, conduct preliminary research, plan projects and monitor their outcomes. Learn more here.

30 November 2022

The Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer (YY) Study Grants provide an important opportunity to advance cancer research through international collaboration.

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
From left to right: (sitting) Ulrika Årehed Kågström, CEO of the Swedish Cancer Society; Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of IARC; Maria Barbara Leon, COO of UICC; Karin Eriksson, Head of Research Funding Unit, Swedish Cancer Society; (standing) Johan van de Gronden, CEO of  the Dutch Cancer Society; Cary Adams, CEO of UICC
1 November 2022

New initiative to reimagine cancer prevention research in Europe launched at WCC

The Dutch Cancer Society and the Swedish Cancer Society announced at UICC’s World Cancer Congress funding for the Reimagining Cancer Research in Europe initiative. IARC is also collaborating.

Woman dressed in pink holding a pink ribbon, symbolising breast cancer awareness month
28 September 2022

UICC awards 15 new grants to improve early detection of breast cancer

On the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UICC announces the launch of 15 new projects to improve the early detection of breast cancer.

Older adult with cancer exercising on a stationary bike guided by a health worker at INCan, Mexico. Photo by Adán Jardón, (c) UICC.
7 September 2022

Towards fairer access to cancer care for older adults

Through its partnership with Sanofi on Cancer and Ageing, UICC supported five member organisations in its Cancer Advocates programme working to improve access to cancer services and care for older adults.

Group photo of the participants of UICC's regional dialogue workshop on addressing the burden of women cancers in Francophone Africa.
5 September 2022

Challenges and progress in addressing women’s cancers in Francophone Africa

Over 60 participants from 12 French-speaking African countries as well as regional and financial partners, took part recently in a UICC Regional Dialogue on women’s cancers in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 

Collage of people in situations of discuss and exchange
19 August 2022

UICC partners with Lightful to grow the digital capacity of its members

UICC has partnered with the technology company Lightful to launch a training programme for UICC members to improve their use of digital tools and ability to fundraise online.

UICC alumni Young Leaders, Dr Kingsley I. Ndoh, Founder and Chief Strategist of Hurone AI, and Dr Francois Uwinkindi, Non-Communicable Diseases Division Manager at Rwanda Biomedical Center, which is helping deploy a test version of the health app Guzika in Rwanda.
15 August 2022

An innovative digital tool to improve access to cancer services

Three alumni UICC Young Leaders work to reducing disparities in cancer care in low-income settings with the development of culturally sensitive AI-powered applications.


"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 22 September 2022