Our Impact

Cancer is a universal health crisis

The U Foundation was established with a singular mission: to accelerate innovative cancer research that can transform lives. By leveraging the expertise of our founders and collaborators, we aim to fund groundbreaking projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on cancer treatment and prevention. Our team is comprised of individuals who are not only experts in their fields but also passionate advocates for advancing cancer research. 

Our Mission

Our goal is to support cutting-edge research that addresses the most pressing challenges in cancer treatment and prevention. 

Universal Impact

We fund research whose findings can be applied to multiple types of tumors or medical fields. We prioritize projects that can improve cancer treatment, enhance access to care, and lower costs. 

Unique Approaches

We support projects that tackle unique problems or use innovative approaches. This includes research on rare cancer types, studies focusing on specific populations, or the use of unique technologies and models. 

Unconventional Methods

We are particularly interested in high-risk, high-reward projects and unconventional approaches. This includes interdisciplinary teams combining diverse fields such as biology and engineering or projects employing novel methodologies like mathematical modeling to predict tumor behavior. 

What Makes Us Different

What distinguishes The U Foundation from other cancer research foundations is our unwavering commitment to funding research that is not only innovative but also has the potential for broad applicability and high impact. Our unique approach includes

Focus on High-Risk, High-Reward Projects: We believe that transformative breakthroughs often come from taking risks. Therefore, we are willing to fund early-stage projects that might be considered too risky by traditional funding sources. 

Collaborative Efforts Across Institutions: Our funding mechanisms encourage collaboration across multiple institutions, bringing together diverse expertise to tackle complex cancer research challenges. 


Interdisciplinary Teams: We support unconventional study teams that combine expertise from different fields, fostering innovation and new perspectives in cancer research. 


Targeted Support for Early-Stage Research: Our U-Pilot Award is designed to help researchers generate preliminary data that can attract larger grants, resulting in a substantial scientific return on investment. 


Through these initiatives, The U Foundation is not only funding research but also building a community of innovators who are dedicated to making significant advancements in cancer treatment and prevention. By supporting projects that embody our core principles of being universal, unique, and unconventional, we are paving the way for breakthroughs that can change the landscape of cancer care. 

Join us in our mission to make a lasting impact on cancer research. Together, we can drive the innovations that will lead to better treatments and outcomes for patients worldwide.