Cancéropôles were created to structure and accelerate local cancer research, in response to the National Cancer Institute’s recommendations and impulse. The rapid evolution of research in oncology, the development of precision medicine centered towards the patient and the fast development of new technologies are some of the challenges that face the Cancéropôles. Consequently, the Cancéropôle Est supports research projects and technological platforms opening up new perspectives for patient care. The Cancéropôle also promotes interdisciplinary research projects with innovative concepts. A particular effort has been made to create hubs of expertise and integrate Humanities and social health sciences into existing and new research projects.
To achieve these goals, the Cancéropôle and the National Cancer Institute have established a road map with missions to be fulfilled by the Cancéropôle:
- Integrate cancer research into a regional dynamic based on an in-depth knowledge of the regional ecosystem (research, health, industry, politics),
- Facilitate collaborations between researchers (within the same discipline or multidisciplinary),
- Accompaniment of researchers: help the emergence of new innovative projects; assistance with the development of regional, national and international projects; mobility aid for young researchers; training actions, thematic meetings, workshops; support for the emergence and sharing of advanced technologies,
- Scientific and economic valorization of the results of the research: scientific valorization / dissemination of the results; economic valuation of research conducted in the area and innovations.
To these missions common to all Cancéropôles, the Cancéropôle Est pursues its two priority projects to highlight the strengths and expertise of its territories: the development of a research program on pancreatic cancer and the setup of crossborder collaboration.
The Cancéropôle also hold yearly call for proposals to support innovative emerging projects or young researchers (PhD Students, clinicians or post-doctoral fellows), to participate to scientific meetings and to help to in the organization of scientific conferences in its territory.
These missions are funded mainly by the French National Cancer Institute, but also by the Cancéropôle members and partners.