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The ICR strategy

At The Institute of Cancer Research, London, our mission is to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

We have a vision of a world where people can live their lives free of cancer as a life-threatening disease. The ICR strategy sets out how we aim to achieve this.

We undertake world-class research designed to improve outcomes for people with cancer.

We are a confident, vibrant and enterprising organisation and our scientists are world leaders in their fields. We are driven by a desire to understand the genetics and biology of cancer and to apply that knowledge to maximise clinical impact.

Three strategies combine

As the schematic below illustrates, the ICR Strategy is a synthesis of three separate strategies: 

  1. Research Our joint research strategy with The Royal Marsden seeks to overcome the challenges posed by cancer’s complexity, adaptability and evolution through scientific and clinical excellence, innovation and partnership. Find out more about our research strategy.

  2. Learning and Teaching To educate and train the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians. Find out more about our learning and teaching strategy.

  3. Operations Our operational strategy sets out what it takes to power the ambitions of our research, learning and teaching. Find out more in this video about our operational strategy.

Graphic showing how ICR strategy components intersect