Worldwide Cancer Research

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Worldwide Cancer Research, who until July 2014 were called the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), is a cancer research association based in the United Kingdom.[1] It is the leading charity that funds cancer research anywhere in the world.

Founded in 1979, Worldwide Cancer Research has awarded over €135,000,000 in research grants in 32 different countries. It supports fundamental research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer by awarding research grants and fellowships. In the year ending September 2009, Worldwide Cancer Research awarded approximately £10 million in cancer research grants of which about half were outside the UK.

Worldwide Cancer Research has a number of celebrity ambassadors including David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Lorraine Kelly and the Proclaimers.

Worldwide Cancer Research is a member of the UK's National Cancer Research Institute. They currently have 185 different projects underway.[2]

The head office is in St Andrews, Scotland and its charitable registration is at the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. It does not appear in the Charity Commission register, which sometimes causes people to assume - incorrectly - that it is not a proper charity. However, the Charity Commission only regulates charities in England and Wales and its register does not include charities registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


  1. ^ Their web page explaining the name change, accessed 14 July 2014
  2. ^ "About AICR - cutting edge international cancer research". Association for International Cancer Research. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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