4 research consortia for faster and more effective detection of cancer

4 consortia will receive over 4.3 million euros from Dutch Cancer Society and NWO for innovative ways to detect cancer faster and more effectively. The research is made possible by the KIC programme ‘KWF-NWO: early detection of cancer - innovations for detection and diagnosis’. The projects range from a new way to detect tumour traces in blood to threshold-lowering cervical cancer screening to increase test readiness by women with a migration background. Private co-funders are contributing more than €1.5 million.

Early detection of cancer increases the chances of a more favourable prognosis for the patient. This is not only a huge win for the patient, but will also reduce costs for the healthcare system and the social and economic impact. Dutch Cancer Society, together with NWO, is taking the next step in research into early detection and diagnosis by funding these consortia. This research requires an interdisciplinary approach: technological expertise is brought together with knowledge from medical and communication sciences, healthcare research, psychology and sociology. 

New knowledge from these assigned projects will lead to technological innovations that meet personal, medical and societal needs. The NWO-Dutch Cancer Society Partnership is part of the research within the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC). ZonMw supports NWO with the execution of the calls for proposals of the KIC.

KIA Health and Care

The programme ‘KWF-NWO: early detection of cancer - innovations for detection and diagnosis’ stems from the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (KIA) Health and Care. The central mission of this KIA is ‘Healthier for longer’. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: this is certainly true in oncology.

These are the consortia: