The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is committed to fighting cancer through research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer that has a high impact for prevalent cancer types in the Asian population. To fulfill its mission, AFCR is calling for new research proposals. In order to receive research funding from AFCR as a Project Director for the next funding cycle, it is necessary to submit a two-year research proposal. Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the application.



  • The total funding amount is up to HK$1,000,000 for two years with up to HK$500,000 per year.
  • Funding begins April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019



Principal Investigators (PI) from research institutions in Asia and regional countries are eligible to apply. The PI must have a Ph.D., a M.D., or an equivalent degree.


AFCR’s support to cancer research is strong. Funding priority will be given to research proposals that meet the following criteria:

1) Research Focus: Programs that investigate new and more effective prevention strategies to reduce cancer incidence; explore early detection and diagnostic technologies; and develop targeted therapies to personalize treatment regimens that will have a high impact for prevalent cancer types in the Asian population including, but not limited to, nasopharyngeal, liver, gastric and esophageal cancer.

2) Translational Research: Includes programs that bridge the gap between laboratory discoveries and their clinical applications and programs that are readily translated into clinical applications including those performed in a healthcare environment to deliver clinical benefits to cancer patients.

AFCR supports research at all stages but preference will be given to translational research.

Collaborations across multi-disciplines will be reviewed favorably.


The deadline for submitting an AFCR Research Application is MIDNIGHT on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016. The electronic file complete with signatures must be received by this date. Please do not mail hard copies of your application.