ICRF was established to harness Israel’s educational and scientific resources in the fight against all cancers. The bulk of the work that ICRF supports is in basic research; that is, research to uncover the molecular biological events that lead to cancer in order to prevent or reverse the process. Virtually every drug, therapy and diagnostic test that is used in the clinic today originated from basic research. We cannot cure cancer if we don’t understand what causes it; and although basic, fundamental research may not result in an immediate cure, expanding our knowledge of the underlying processes is what will eventually lead to that “eureka” moment.

The areas of cancer research directly supported by ICRF include:

Aging and Cancer
Anticancer Vaccines
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Brain Tumors
Breast Cancer
Cancer Stem Cells and Cellular Reprogramming
Childhood Malignancies
Colorectal Cancer
Development of Novel Drugs, such as Gleevec and Velcade
Endometrial Cancer
Eye Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Genetic Mutation and Repair
Head and Neck Cancers
Immunology and Immunotherapy
Inflammation and Cancer

Kidney Cancer
Leukemia and Lymphoma
Lung Cancer
Gut Microbiome and the Tumor Microenvironment
Oral Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Pain Management and Quality of Life Issues
Pancreatic Cancer
Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis)
Prostate Cancer
Radiation Therapy and the DNA Damage Response
Skin Cancer
Targeted Therapy
Tumor Blood Vessel Growth (Angiogenesis)
Tumor Metastases
Tumor Suppressor Genes, such as p53
Tumor Viruses

2023-2024 Grant Award Recipients

For the 2023-2024 funding year, ICRF is supporting 83 grants to leading investigators at institutions across Israel:

Aging and Cancer International Collaboration Grants
A Partnership between ICRF and Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)
Pediatric Sarcoma International Collaboration Grant
A Partnership between ICRF, SWCRF, and Alan B. Slifka Foundation (ABSF)
Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) Grant
A Partnership between ICRF and Cancer Research Institute [CRI]
ICRF-Conquer Cancer Career Development Awards
A Partnership between ICRF and Conquer Cancer – The ASCO Foundation
1Special Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research Grant
2Beverly Librach Abshez Initiative for Female Reproductive System Cancers Grants
3Len & Susan Mark Initiative for Ovarian/Uterine Cancers Grants
2Brause Family Initiative for Quality of Life Grants
15Research Career Development Awards (RCDAs)
1Clinical Research Career Development Award (CRCDA)
8Research Professorship Grants 
4Acceleration Grants
38Project Grants
3Postdoctoral Fellowships

Meet Our Grantees

ICRF Research Grants Database:

Explore our database of current grant recipients

View or download a pdf of ICRF research grants newly awarded in 2023
(as of December 26, 2023).

ICRF Grants Awarded By Year:

View or download an ICRF research grant awards table from the 2004-2005 funding cycle to the present:

“ICRF support of my research was extremely important in the development of Doxil®, a highly effective form of targeted chemotherapy.”

Alberto Gabizon, MD, PhD, Shaare Zedek Medical Center

“When I look back and think to whom I should be grateful, there is no doubt that I should thank ICRF.”

Varda Rotter, PhD, Weizmann Institute, Pioneer in the Discovery of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene

“I am extremely grateful to ICRF. The funding was crucial for us to advance our science on cancer.”

Naama Geva-Zatorsky, PhD, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ICRF Acceleration Grant Recipient

“I would like to thank ICRF and its donors for supporting our research and for progressing cancer research in Israel.”

Ziv Gil, MD, PhD, Rambam Heath Care Campus, ICRF-City of Hope Jacki & Bruce Barron Cancer Research Scholars’ Program Grant Recipient