Our purpose

Cancer now represents the major cause of mortality in the UK, and nutritional factors play an important role in the prevention, development and treatment of cancer. While the UK has internationally competitive research in both nutrition and cancer, there is only a relatively small amount on the overlap between the two areas.

Initiated in early 2014, the NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration is coordinated by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) with the aim to engage with interdisciplinary stakeholders to bring coherence to existing activities and provide a coordinated framework as a basis for future research into nutrition and cancer.


Our mission 

Our mission is to establish a coherent and effective infrastructure to enable the best quality translational research agenda which will bring nutritional considerations into all aspects of cancer prevention, treatment and care, and to establish mechanisms through which every person and health professional can know and understand how best they can contribute.


The Collaboration is facilitated by the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) and World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF UK). The first phase of work was completed in July 2015, which includes a patient experience survey, a clinicians’ survey, a mapping of cancer and nutrition research activities in the UK and stakeholder engagement.

Our long-term aim is to improve the nutritional care and advice that patients receive by bringing coherence to existing activities in nutrition and cancer. This includes the following objectives:

  • To create a framework as a basis for future research into cancer and nutrition
  • To establish better networks for sharing knowledge between stakeholders.

Strategic plan 

Our Strategic plan gives more detail about our aims and objectives for the period 2017-2022.

Strategic plan 2017-22 : Click to download


Our Manifesto summarises our aims, ongoing activities and what we can offer you.  

Our manifesto