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A European-wide foundation to accelerate Data-driven Cancer Research

Project description

Europe united against cancer

Research into cancer is extensive, yet the translation of key findings into new diagnostic and treatment innovations is slow. We need to overcome this fragmentation for the benefit of European citizens. Moreover, the introduction of data science and machine learning technologies to assist the analysis of large clinical and molecular datasets require concerted efforts across different institutions and countries. To facilitate this cooperation, the EU-funded EOSC4Cancer project aims to establish a pan European infrastructure that integrates cancer research-related data and makes it accessible for analysis across borders. The project will combine data from patient diagnosis to treatment, laying the groundwork for future cancer projects.


Cancer complex nature requires integration of advanced research data across national boundaries to enable progress. Indeed, the Horizon Europe mission board for cancer has identified access to data, knowledge and digital services - accessible across the European Research Area through federated infrastructures - as a key enabling condition for success. The better we organise cancer data across Europe, the better and faster we can bring the fruits of new biological and technical innovations to the benefit of EU citizens/patients.

EOSC4Cancer will make cancer genomics, imaging, medical, clinical, environmental and socio-economics data accessible, using and enhancing existing federated and interoperable systems for securely identifying, sharing, processing and reusing FAIR cancer data across borders, and it will offer them via community-driven analysis environments.

EOSC4Cancer provision of well curated datasets will be essential for advanced analytics and computational methods to be reproducible and robust, including machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches. EOSC4Cancer use-cases will cover the patient journey from cancer prevention to diagnosis to treatment, laying the foundation of data trajectories and workflows for future cancer mission projects.

EOSC4Cancer brings together a comprehensive consortium of cancer research centres, research infrastructures, leading research groups, hospitals and supercomputing centres from 14 European countries. To make the developments sustainable, these will be offered as part of the research infrastructures partners services portfolio, in connection with the EOSC ecosystem and to serve the European Cancer Mission, which will be possible via the engagement with large international coalitions, e.g. ICGC-Argo, GA4GH, 1+MG/B1MG, Cancer Core Europe, European Cancer Information System, European Network of Cancer Registries, Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer Joint Action and patients/survivors associations.


Net EU contribution
€ 718 312,36
08034 Barcelona

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 718 312,36

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