Strategy for the NCU funding of improvement projects

The Nordic Cancer Union provides funding for projects of high standard within the field of cancer in line with its statutes.

The implementation of the strategic improvement projects aim at ameliorating relevant cancer problems in the member countries. The projects funded by the NCU meet strict requirements, with priority given to projects and initiatives that reflect the current general strategy of the NCU as well as this strategy.

These improvements projects must be uniquely suited to be implemented in part at least in the Nordic countries, and should as a rule be aimed at enhancing infrastructure and cooperation. Preferably, health care professionals and/or researchers in two or more Nordic countries should be involved in the projects and the effects of collaboration should be synergistic.

As major emphases of the NCU are to enhance collaborative research, research-related projects are of special interest to the NCU. Comparisons between the Nordic countries are essential for the development and work on diverse cancer research programmes, enhancing the likelihood of higher efficiency and results.

The NCU thus provides funding to support the implementation of high quality projects of relevance to cancer within the Nordic countries with added Nordic value, based on common Nordic priorities and current interests as identified by the board of the Nordic Cancer Union at any given point in time.

Guidelines for applications for NCU strategic funds

Applications or proposals for NCU strategic funds should include:

  • Application letter delineating how the proposed improvement project meets the requirements of the NCU general strategy and of the more specific NCU strategy for improvement projects
  • Project description of no more than four pages with work plan and time schedule
  • Budget information including information on other funds
  • Brief CV of the applicants, as well as information on position, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail for at least for the principal applicant

Application deadline

Applications for NCU strategic funds can be submitted at any time.


Applications and proposals will be presented to the NCU board following their reception by
the chairman of the board (see contact below). They will be reviewed and evaluated at the earlies opportunity, but will at times need external or internal evaluation that can be time consuming.

Terms and conditions

The NCU improvement grants shall only be used for the purpose stated in the application or proposal and as specified. If this requirement is not fulfilled, repayment can be requested.

Any change that deviates from the application or proposal must be approved by the NCU administration.

Annual progress report should be submitted to the NCU administration for grants that are given for more than a year. End reports should be submitted for all improvement projects as the grant period finishes.

The project managers for improvement projects are obligated to mention the NCU’s contribution to the project in all external communication related to the project.