OPEN CALL: Oncology Policy Grant Program

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July 13, 2020 3:53 am +00:00

OPEN CALL: Oncology Policy Grant Program

MSD is extending an open invitation to the research community in the Czech Republic to apply for an unrestricted grant as part of the Oncology Policy Grant Program. This grant request, which will be issued publicly, will be for research projects aimed at analyzing health policy system readiness to deliver sustainable and innovative cancer care.


For more than a century, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Cancer represents one of the world’s most urgent unmet medical needs. Worldwide, more than 14 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2012. This number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2030. At MSD, we remain committed to turning breakthrough biomedical innovations into novel therapies that help extend and improve the lives of people with cancer worldwide.

Through this Independent Oncology Policy Grant Program, MSD seeks to enable institutions to enhance their capacities in research, teaching and dissemination. Beyond supporting independent research, the Program will provide an international forum for researchers to share ideas on emerging cancer policy issues and identify new areas for policy study.

MSD’s Independent Oncology Policy Grant Program seeks to encourage research around the following themes:

a) The social value of cancer treatment

b) Financing approaches and access

c) Innovation in cancer treatment

d) Cancer and COVID-19

To be eligible for applying for this grant, researchers and research teams must meet the following selection criteria:

• Come from an accredited local and/or regional academic institution

• Have a proven track record in research in the cancer space

• Have experience working in and researching health policy

• Demonstrate ability to publish a quality, peer-reviewed publication within one year

This research will be funded by an unrestricted grant from MSD. Once the grant has been awarded, the researchers will remain independent and MSD will have no involvement in the direction of the research.

Please read Oncology Policy Grant Program carefully for further information about the themes, the application process, eligibility criteria and assessment criteria.

The deadline for applying is August 14th, 2020. The application shall be sent via e-mail to MSD Global Oncology Policy at

Queries can be directed to Václav Pláteník, Policy and Communications Manager for MSD Czech Republic at However, MSD Czech Republic will NOT be involved in assessing and selecting grant applications; this will be done by the Global Oncology Policy team.