Task Forces for Different Diagnoses (TFDD)

The grants serve as seed funding with aim to encourage KI and University Hospital-based researchers to join forces (including the newly formed FoUU-groups) around one major group of cancers. Each of the task forces was formed to promote interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and translational cooperation. The task forces include all levels of research from bench to bedside, involving basic scientists, nursing scientists, epidemiologists, oncologists, surgeons and other clinicians.

TFDD call 2020

Cancer Research KI invites applications for support to Task Forces focusing on Specific Cancers


Established or new constellations can apply for 50 – 150.000 SEK in order to fund Task Force activities. Up to ten applications will be funded. The aim of the initiative is to encourage KI- and University Hospital-based researchers to join forces around one major group of cancers.

The Task Forces are intended to combine the expertise of basic researchers, clinicians, nursing and epidemiology researchers in order to solve interdisciplinary problems around a particular diagnosis. A Task Force may include groups already conducting research on the cancer type in question, as well as researchers interested in a general cancer problem who would like to find partners working on a specific group of cancers, e.g. focusing on different biological processes, technologies or therapeutic interventions with high relevance for cancer biology and the clinic.

Cancer Research KI support may be used for planning activities, joint workshops and as seed money to elaborate larger, interdisciplinary applications.

How to apply

The application should contain a description of the Task Force (approx. one-page), names of the leader and persons in a suggested or existing steering group, as well as what the grant will be used for including a budget for 2020 - 21. If an application from an already established Task Force is submitted, it should include a one-page summary of the achievements and activities to date. The funding must be used by the end of 2021.

Applications should have arrived as a single pdf-file to cancerresearchki@ki.se latest September 30, 2020. Please label your application as last name-first name_Task Force Application 2020.

TFDD call 2018

Out of a total of 13 received applications, the nine applications for TFDD listed below were granted funding after evaluation by the KICancer network board. Total grant SUM 750.000 SEK (from KICancer and StratCan). The evaluation was based on four criteria: Scientific impact and quality, Action program, Added value of network & Organisation, Report on activities (when applicable).

Current Task Forces for Different Diagnoses
Network Theme Application Network Leader SUM granted (SEK)
Gynecological Cancers Joseph Carlson 100.000 SEK
The BRECT consortium Nick Tobin & Jonas Bergh 100.000 SEK
Pediatric Cancers Per Kogner 100.000 SEK
Pancreatic Tumors Matthias Löhr 100.000 SEK
Sarcoma Bertha Brodin 75.000 SEK
Head, Neck, Lung Tina Dalianis 75.000 SEK
Hematology Eva Hellström-Lindberg 75.000 SEK
Endocrine Cancers Catharina Larsson 75.000 SEK
Immune Checkpoint & Immunotherapy Georgios Rassidakis 50.000 SEK