Cancer Research UK network opportunities

As part of a network of Cancer Research UK Centres we encourage our members to engage with other researchers across the network to work towards Cancer Research UK’s strategy to beat cancer sooner.

Working together, we are able to play a key role in delivering Cancer Research UK's strategic objectives in translational research.  With this in mind, Cancer Research UK are continually seeking new opportunities to nurture cross network collaborations, details of which will be highlighted here.

Cancer Research UK Open Lab Initiative

Are you and your research group looking for new opportunities to exchange ideas and interact more closely with other groups? The Cancer Research UK Open Lab Initiative is a digital tool to help you find your ideal research match – and now it’s available to researchers across the Cancer Research UK Centres network.

The platform connects research groups with shared interests to spark discussion, stimulate fresh ideas and generate new collaborations. Following a successful pilot phase, we’re rolling out the initiative through a central Cancer Research UK site to enable virtual collaboration across the Cancer Research UK Centres network during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Simply plug in your group’s details and preferred match type – ‘Curated’ (matched based on research interests) or ‘Wild card’ (matched at random) – and within 5 working days our algorithm will pair you with another research group for a virtual group meeting. Alternatively, add your research group to our Open Register to match with other groups directly.

The Cancer Research UK Open Lab Initiative has already over facilitated over 50 research matches since the pilot began. Join our virtual community and find your next collaboration.