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Page Background

By definition, funding of the now established European strategy in paediatric haematology-

oncology will come necessarily from several sources: the European Commission, national

funding bodies, charities and foundations, industry as well as anyone willing to invest in

paediatric oncology research and development.

European funding is available for research projects through Horizon 2020 calls. Projects in

paediatric haematology oncology will be submitted to relevant European calls by SIOPE,

groups and institutions as part of the implementation of the SIOPE Strategic Plan and referred

as such in their application.

The critical hurdle encountered in paediatric haematology-oncology, as well as in other

research areas, is the lack of funding for structures that are needed to run a coordinated and

integrated research agenda. To this extent, in 2011 the European Commission provided €12m

to structure oncology research into children and adolescents. One of the best examples of the

goals achieved is the long-term sustainable Strategic Plan described in this document. ENCCA

illustrates how funding for a permanent structure is essential to achieve progress and deliver


ENCCAwill finish on December 2015 and the decisionwas taken that SIOPE will run the on-going

agenda. The key question is how to fund the projects, the programmes and the structures that

are needed to implement the long-term sustainable strategy.

At the end of the SIOPE-ENCCA event, which shared the European Strategic Plan with

all stakeholders in Brussels in September 2014, the participants proposed to develop a

European Cancer Plan for Children and Adolescents

. This plan would show the commitment

of the EU and its Member States to address childhood and adolescent cancers as a priority and

a strategic objective for the European Union. Specific European initiatives would be set up to

join efforts from the EU and its Member States for funding. In addition, it would allow other

co-funding bodies to contribute to a pan-European initiative.

Funding strategy