Cancer research
– our focus areas

To focus our efforts and increase our impact, we have designed two umbrella focus areas under the themes Improved Patient Outcomes and Science of Prevention and Detection.

Clinical Cancer Research

Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research (RTFCCR) is a charitable, non-profit organization established in 2010.

Our primary consideration in granting support is given to truly innovative, unique, patient-centered clinical research that has the potential to positively impact the lives of cancer patients at the earliest opportunity. We provide funding for research that directly benefits patients. We do not provide funding for basic research.

Funding can be provided to any relevant institution in any country where meaningful grant oversight is possible.

Cancer Research – Our core beliefs

As a patient-centric organization, we favor research grants that empower patients to better understand their treatment options, gain a voice in trial design, and become active agents in their quality of life.

Our Focus Areas

The Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research is committed to helping fight cancer by supporting ground-breaking and pioneering clinical cancer research. Our goal is to help patients improve their quality of life and win the fight against cancer. We believe the best way to support our mission is to focus on a definite type of project. So we have decided to focus on two main areas: Improved Patient Outcomes and the Science of Prevention and Detection.

Our Principles

Patient Engagement in Research

We define Patient Engagement as the meaningful engagement of patients in the development of therapeutic, detection, or prevention approaches. It encompasses the active, meaningful, and collaborative interaction between patients and researchers across all stages of the research process. Research decision-making is guided by the contributions of patients as partners, recognizing their specific experiences, values, and expertise.

To demonstrate our commitment to patient-centricity, we have updated our Funding Guidelines, LOI, and Full Application templates. These guidelines describe the strategy, modalities, and the use of the Patient Engagement Plan template.

As part of each grant application, we expect to receive a Patient Engagement Plan with a clear description of each activity designed to engage patients, its budget, related deliverables, and the expected outcomes.

For more information and access to our funding guidelines, please follow the link to our Patient Engagement in Clinical Cancer Research section.


Patient Engagement



Short timeframes, maximum impact

To highlight our sense of urgency, we expect that clinical research projects should result in patient impact within 5 years and are expected to start within 6 months of approval unless otherwise agreed.


Partnerships to maximize reach

We are one of several players in this area, and we share objectives with a broad range organizations worldwide. We partner with them in order to leverage resources to accelerate the improvement of patient treatment options and quality of life everywhere.

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Our Core Belief

Using a patient centered approach, we support research grants that enable patients to better understand their treatment options and to have a voice in trial design, thereby empowering them to be active agents in enhancing their quality of life.


Active Grant Map


Patient Arts for Health Global Exhibition

Art making includes a diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory, or performing experiences, which communicate the creator's imagination, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to express how we feel and with emotional power.

The Rising Tide Foundation is launching an international Patient Arts for Health Global Exhibition to collect and curate patient art offering new insights on what quality of life means to you through your art.


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