The Southern Finland Regional Cancer Center FICAN South is one of the five regional
Cancer Centers of FICAN (the National Cancer Center Finland). The aim of the Cancer Centers is to develop cancer prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation, as well as cancer research and education as integrated regional units.

FICAN South announces a call for applications for maximum €295,000 of project funding to fund projects to be implemented in 2022 (1 Jan – 31 December 2022). Further funding for 2022 can also be applied for the ongoing FICAN South co-operation projects, provided that the project has made excellent progress.

The applicant /applicants must be employed by the FICAN South members (HUS, University of Helsinki, Eksote, Kymsote, PHHYKY) whose tasks relate to cancer prevention, diagnostics, treatment or rehabilitation, cancer research and/or cancer-related education.

The funding (€10,000–75,000 / project) will be granted for co-operation projects which include participants from at least two FICAN South parties (HUS, University of Helsinki, Kymsote, Eksote, PHHYKY). Applications involving participants from the Helsinki University Hospital Specific Catchment Area are prioritized. The wider national applicability of the project is
considered an advantage for the application.

The project funding for 2022 will focus on the following priorities:

  • to enable clinical cancer research to be conducted uniformly throughout the FICAN South area
  • to introduce new clinical and diagnostic methods enabling individual cancer treatment throughout the FICAN South area
  • to design and implement cancer treatment pathways and regional treatment chains
  • to support and develop treatment guidelines
  • to projects focusing on patient support and/or rehabilitation
  • to improve the quality, effectiveness, and patient safety of cancer treatments in the FICAN South area

Applications must be submitted on the Webropol form.  Link to the application form:

Apply form here

The project proposal must include the following free-form annexes:

Annex 1: Project plan (max. length 1.5 pages, font size 11, line spacing 1, word doc. or pdf.)
Annex 2: Project budget plan (word doc, pdf. or excel-file)

The Call for applications closes on Friday 26 November 2021 at 15.00

The Project applications will be evaluated by a separate independent working group.

The purpose of the Call is to support the development of the infrastructure of the Southern Regional Cancer Center and future activities as part of the network of the regional cancer centers and the National Cancer Center Finland.

The project funding is intended to encourage clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals interested in clinical research and development projects to launch collaborative projects in the FICAN South area.

The evaluation of applications will focus on co-operation between the members of the FICAN South and the involvement of actors specially in the Helsinki University Hospital Specific Catchment Area in the projects.  The concrete benefits for the patient achieved by the project will be assessed. Applicants’ other significant funding will be assessed in the FICAN South funding decision.

Beneficiaries are required to report project costs on a quarterly basis to FICAN South.

Further information: Mika Mustonen, director, FICAN South,