TRANSCAN-3 aims to provide scientific findings as well as a sustainable funding model for groundbreaking translational cancer research in Europe and beyond. The fourth call for proposals "Combination Therapies Against Cancer" will be open until July 5, 2024 for pre-proposals and then until November 29, 2024 for full proposals.

Target group

The funding program is aimed at researchers working in the field of translational cancer research at universities, non-academic research institutions, and research departments in related sectors.

Funding goals

The aim of the program is to expand the possibilities for treating cancer through the development of novel combinatorial therapies. The specific objectives of this funding program are to encourage new partnerships between researchers and clinicians and to support original, high-quality projects with significant clinical impact.

Funding period and funding amount

The maximum funding period is 36 months.


The requirements and specifications for the FWF programs Principal Investigator Projects or Clinical Research apply.

Information on the current call for proposals "Combination Therapies Against Cancer"

Each proposal must involve a minimum of three and a maximum of six partner groups from at least three different participating partner countries. A joint proposal must be submitted by the project coordinator to the central Call Secretariat. Evaluation criteria include scientific excellence, translation into clinical practice, and the quality of the implementation of the overall project. 

The researchers are funded by their respective national/regional funding organizations. 

Funding organizations from the following 16 countries are planning to take part in the call: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Türkiye.

The current list of potential participating countries can be found on the TRANSCAN website.

Details can be found in the call text published on the TRANSCAN website.

In addition to the submission to the Call Secretariat, the proposal must also be uploaded to elane, the FWF's application portal, before the specified deadline to ensure eligibility. Details can be found in the document Guidelines for Applicants, also available on the TRANSCAN website.


  • Decided by the Scientific Board based on a recommendation of the Call Secretariat
  • Expected in May 2025

Application information

All applications must be submitted using the Call Secretariat's online application system. Please see the TRANSCAN website for the link to the application system.

Application and review are carried out in a two-stage procedure.

  • Submission of pre-proposals: April 26, 2024 to July 5, 2024 (12:00 noon local time Vienna)
  • Submission of full proposals: October 18, 2024 to November 29, 2024 (12:00 noon local time Vienna)
  • Decision on full proposals: expected in May 2025

In addition to the application to the Call Secretariat, administrative and financial data as well as the academic abstracts for the proposal must be submitted to the FWF on elane (in compliance with the FWF application guidelines for Principal Investigator Projects). In the pre-proposal phase, applications must be submitted under the program category “PIK - International Projects (Pre-Proposals)” (deadline: July 5, 2024, 2:00 pm local time Vienna). For the full proposal phase, please select the program category “PIN - International Projects” (deadline: November 29, 2024, 2:00 pm local time Vienna). Both steps are required.

Funding institution

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Further information

Please note that the application mode for this funding program has switched from ad personam funding to funding through research institutions (PROFI mode). In PROFI mode, applications must be approved for submission by the research institution; for this purpose, research institutions must be registered in the FWF's research institution portal

Please note:

Pre-proposals from April 26 to July 5, 2024

Full proposals from October 18 to November 29, 2024


Apr. 26, 2024 to July 5, 2024 (02:00 pm Vienna local time)

Inquiries and contact

Dr. Herbert Mayer
+43 676 83487 8212

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