Take your research from bench to bedside

Introducing… The Activate Challenge

Oncology researchers share a common trait – the deep desire to make a difference to people living with cancer. However, the gap between discoveries in the lab and real-world applications can be wide. If you want your research to have greater reach and more impact for patients, then why not register for the Activate Challenge? 

Whether you’re looking to develop your career, better understand the drivers of healthcare innovation or give back to society at large, the Activate Challenge can help. 

Powered by Cancer Research UK and Converge, two organisations with an extensive track record in helping researchers translate their research from the lab to the clinic, the Activate Challenge will give you the support, networks and bespoke training to navigate the translation process.

The Activate Challenge is now open for registrations

Converge has an extensive track record of helping researchers translate their ideas into reality.

Our programme, tailored for oncology researchers in Wales - includes bespoke training, 1-2-1 support and networking opportunities. We even have prize packages of £1,000 cash and £2,250 in-kind consultancy to give away to the three most exciting projects! You don't have to be Cancer Research UK funded to register.

Register now to explore the potential of your research.


3 x prizes

cash & consultancy

3 x days

bespoke training

Who can register?

The Activate Challenge is open to all researchers based in Wales - you don't have to be Cancer Research UK funded.

We particularly welcome early-career researchers including PhD students and Postdocs.

Read our full terms and conditions

Registrations are welcomed from all oncology researchers, whether funded by Cancer Research UK or not.

You must be based at a university or a Cancer Research UK institute in Wales to participate in this programme.


What's involved?

Registration couldn’t be simpler – just click the blue button below, download and complete the form and email the completed form to cruk@convergechallenge.com by 12 December.

If successful, you'll be invited to attend our online training programme in early January.

You will then be asked to produce a short Translation Feasibility Study to be assessed by our judging panel to select the winners. See our timeline opposite for full details.

Registration form
  • 12 December 2021
    Registrations close
  • 10 January 2022
    Attend virtual training
  • 10 February 2022
    Activate Challenge final

Need help or want to know more?

Our team is available for 1-2-1 meetings to chat through the programme, the content and also to help you complete your registration form.

To get the ball rolling, email Lissa Herron in the Converge Team on lissa.herron@convergechallenge.com

To receive updates and news about the Activate Challenge 2021 programme, sign up here

Badri Aekbote – 2020 CRUK Activate Challenge Runner-up

Case study

“The CRUK Activate Challenge was a great learning experience for me. Coming from a purely academic background many researchers like me have seldom training and knowledge in how a business starts and runs"

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Case study

Dxcover a spin-out from the University of Strathclyde is pioneering a new blood test that can detect brain tumours rapidly, allowing for early diagnosis.

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Video Resources

Check out our video resources on research translation and how to apply for the Activate Challenge:

From Researcher to Entrepreneur: Ishani Malhotra of Carcinotech Ltd Shares her Experiences

How to register for the Activate Challenge