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The International Innovation Grant (IIG) provides research funding in support of novel and innovative projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs). It is intended to support proposals that have the potential to reduce the cancer burden in local communities, while also being potentially transferable to other low- or middle-income settings.

The IIG is a one-year research grant of up to $20,000 that is awarded and paid directly to a nonprofit organization or governmental agency (“Grantee Organization”) in a low-income or middle-income country. The number of International Innovation Grants in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer. Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds.  


All of the following criteria must be met in order to qualify for the International Innovation Grant:

Applicant Organization:

  • Must be an organization with a charitable purpose registered as a not-for-profit with the relevant national authority or must be a government agency.  This organization will administer the grant funds for the sole purpose of the project.  Examples of potential not-for-profit organizations are medical societies or associations, advocacy organizations, foundations, hospitals, and universities. 
  • Must be located in a country categorized by the World Bank as Low-IncomeLower-Middle Income, or Upper-Middle Income
  • Must have been operating for at least one full year, have an acceptable management structure and processes in place, and be solvent with or without the support of the International Innovation Grant.
  • Should have experience in carrying out activities with tangible outcomes.

Principal Investigator:

  • Must be a member of ASCO (any membership category) or have submitted a membership application with the grant application.
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of a country defined by the World Bank as  Low-Income, Lower-Middle Income, or Upper-Middle Income, and currently residing in that country. 
  • Must be affiliated with the applicant organization.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the International Innovation Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.



Since 2014, 20 organizations have received the International Innovation Grant to support projects in Colombia, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Tanzania, Uganda.

2018 International Innovation Grant Recipients

Sushma Bhatnagar, MD
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Palliative Care:Promoting Access & International Cancer Experience in India Collaborative (PC-PAICE India Collaborative)
Laura Rodriguez Romo, MD
Centro Universitario Contra el Cáncer, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José Eleuterio González” U.A.N.L., Mexico
Evaluation of 6MP Adherence in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Mexico.
Fidel Rubagumya, MBBS
Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Tanzania
Use of Smartphone application for early detection of skin cancers in people with albinism


The International Innovation Grant is supported by:

This reflects commitments as of July 1, 2019.