National Cancer Research Institute

NCRI (The National Cancer Research Institute) help delivers better outcomes for all those affected by cancer throughout the UK and beyond by identifying gaps in cancer research and addressing them. Looking out for unnecessary, expensive duplication of effort and guarding against it. They tirelessly search for new ways and means to accelerate the progress of cancer research.

NCRI was established in 2001 following the publication of the first NHS cancer plan, which proposed formalising connections between government health departments, research councils, industry and charities, who each fund research into cancer. NCRI’s initial purpose was to identify where cancer research was most needed and where it would be most likely to contribute to progress; this included the establishment of the cancer research database.

NCRI’s role has since evolved, working to address some of the challenges identified in cancer research, and delivering activities to advance the progress of cancer research. These activities include NCRI Groups for researchers to collaborate, a range of initiatives and partnerships to boost activity within particular areas and a selection of conferences and events to disseminate research and foster collaboration. 

NCRI is a UK-wide partnership between cancer research funders, which promotes collaboration in the field. 

Their role is to promote co-operation in cancer research for the benefit of patients, the public and the scientific community. They focus on challenging areas of research where partners can achieve greater progress by working together.

What NCRI do:

  • They run the annual NCRI Cancer Conference, which is the leading meeting in the UK for showcasing cancer research. It covers a spectrum of basic, clinical, translational and patient-focused research, and attracts around 2000 delegates
  • They identify areas of need in UK cancer research and set up collaborative initiatives to help address them
  • They collect information every year on how much is being spent on cancer research in the UK by NCRI partners, to inform funding strategies and identify areas of need and opportunity

What NCRI don’t do:

  • They don’t fund research – each of our partners does this directly through a variety of funding streams
  • They don’t lobby – we work mainly by promoting coordination, collaboration and communication


NCRI  has partnered with NCIMI (National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging) to investigate the role that AI can play in medical imaging.

To learn more about them please visit their website.