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A summary of the project

Implementation plans of two convergent European initiatives, the Horizon Europe Mission Cancer and the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, spur for a European Initiative to UNderstand CANcer (  More precisely, the initiative is one of the 13 specific objectives of the Mission on Cancer and one of the ten flagships of the Europe’s Cancer Beating plan. The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) named “” is planned to generate a blueprint for




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The CSA deliverable is a blueprint for initiative. The global ambition of initiative is to achieve the next breakthrough needed to advance the understanding of cancer mechanisms in order to improve cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, providing a basis for saving millions of European citizens’ lives.

The blueprint for will propose to set up a European Federated Cancer Research data hub and to generate a series of use cases, addressing major challenges in cancer research. These ambitious and innovative, but realistic and focussed, use cases will be cross-border and trans-disciplinary research programmes built in a problem-solving manner. Results of these use cases will feed the Cancer Research data hub with findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (FAIR) cancer research data.

These research data will be combined with patient health and any other relevant data (e.g., from longitudinal cohorts, geographical observations, consumer and lifestyle data) at an unprecedented scale. that will bring all relevant players and information together, based on existing efforts in Europe and beyond.

A key expected outcome is that the new understanding gained from the analysis of this wealth of data could be applied to other diseases beyond cancer.

Crédits : Claire Antoine / Nouvelle Vague

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Core Partners

German Cancer Research Center

Netherlands Cancer Institute

National Institute of Oncology Hungary

European Cancer Patient Coalition

Childhood Cancer International Europe (CCI Europe)

Oncode Institute


European Society for Paediatric Oncology

Institut Nationaldu Cancer

Alliance Against Cancer

Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO)