Why Do We Need Research?

Childhood cancer remains the biggest medical cause of death of children in the UK. The survival rates of childhood cancer need to be improved. To do this, there is a lot more to be done. Rates are being improved through:

  1. Working to diagnose children earlier
  2. Increased investment into research for childhood cancers
  3. Education (of both parents and professionals 


Research remains a vital aim of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust for this reason: we need kinder and more effective treatments for children with cancer. We are working to fund world- class research into rare, aggressive childhood cancers including rhabdoid tumours.

By improving the diagnosis and treament of cancers with poor prognoses, we are working to improve the survival rates of children with cancer over time. 


Our Research Mission Statement:

To inspire breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of children with cancer, particularly those with rare, agressive cancers. Because the childre of today all deserve a healthy tomorrow. 


Our research priority

Our research priority is to fund projects with clear translatable outcomes that are most likely to lead to an improvement in treatment in the relatively near future. 

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust's grant funding will be allocated to teams attached to recognised medical or academic institutions and usually within the UK or Ireland. Funding is currently awareded in partnership with another major charity that has AMRC membership. Over time, we are hoping to work towards independent AMRC membership. 

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust supports the AMRC position statement for supporting research in universities. The full statement can be read here.

The GKCCT position on animal research.

Please take a look at the research projects that we have funded to date: