Institutional activity

Supporting
research

By investing effectively every single Euro donated to AIRC, we honor the trust placed into our Organizations by millions of people every day, and we ensure competitiveness and innovation in oncological research taking place in Italy.

In over fifty years of history, AIRC has refined the method by which the most deserving cancer research projects are selected. This merit-based, internationally recognized method, called peer review , relies on the expertise of international scientists, devoid of any conflict of interest.

The Office of the Scientific Director guarantees the utmost rigour and professionalism in the selection process for both research projects and fellowships.

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES FUNDED IN 2020 856 Research projectsTraining programmes Investigator Grant (IG) 609 My FirstAIRC Grant 115 Fellowships in Italy 86 International fellowships 5 Start-UpGrant 17 Special research programmes 22 Gianni BonadonnaFellowships 2
Investigator Grant (IG) 609 Fellowshipsin Italy 86 My First AIRC Grant 115 Start-Up Grant 17 Special researchprogrammes 22 Gianni BonadonnaFellowships 2 Internationalfellowships 5 Training programmes Research projects RESEARCH PROJECTS AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES FUNDED IN 2021 856

136 million euro to fight cancer

In 2021, AIRC has funded 741 research projects and 93 fellowships, along with 22 special research programmes.

At the end of 2021, AIRC approved a total expenditure of 136,645,157.64 Euros to support cancer research. Such a sum includes, among other things, 18,040,749.39 Euros for the ‘5 per mille’ programme dedicated to the study of metastases and 3,679,233.53 euros to support 13 Accelerator Awards.

OUR RESEARCHERS 62% WOMEN 55% UNDER 40
OUR RESEARCHERS 62% Women 55% Under 40
over 2,200 scientific articles by AIRC researchers
2,100 scientific articlesby AIRC researchers over

What we fund

FELLOWSHIPSIN ITALY Awarded mainly to newly graduates, these training grants may help a young researcher to learn the basics of research and gain experience at a leading Italian laboratory. € 5,330,000 INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS Awarded to young researchers who have already gained experience in a laboratory, these grants allow for a further period of training in a foreign country whose facilities are considered at the forefront of oncological research. € 626,641 GIANNI BONADONNA FELLOWSHIPS These fellowships, co-funded by AIRC and Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna, support the education of a new generation of physician-scientists. € 399,392 MY FIRST AIRC GRANT Awarded to researchers who have already gained cancer research experience in Italy or abroad, this type of funding provides researchers with the opportunity to run their own project in a state-of-the-art Italian facility, becoming progressively autonomous and independent. € 10,296,711 START–UP GRANT Awarded to excellent researchers who have already matured a significant scientific experience in a foreign laboratory, these grants will allow them to establish a new laboratory in Italy and manage their research activities in full autonomy. € 3,024,851
5,330,000 FELLOWSHIPS IN ITALY Awarded mainly to newly graduates, these training grants may help a young researcher to learn the basics of research and gain experience at a leading Italian laboratory. 626,641 INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS Awarded to young researchers who have already gained experience in a laboratory, these grants allow for a further period of training in a foreign country whose facilities are considered at the forefront of oncological research. 10,296,711 MY FIRST AIRC GRANT Awarded to researchers who have already gained cancer research experience in Italy or abroad, this type of funding provides researchers with the opportunity to run their own project in a state-of-the-art Italian facility, becoming progressively autonomous and independent. 3,024,851 START–UP GRANT Awarded to excellent researchers who have already matured a significant scientific experience in a foreign laboratory, these grants will allow them to establish a new laboratory in Italy and manage their research activities in full autonomy. 399,392 GIANNI BONADONNA FELLOWSHIPS These fellowships, co-funded by AIRC and Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna, support the education of a new generation of physician-scientists.
INVESTIGATOR GRANT (IG) The Investigator Grants are aimed at established researchers and cover the cost of research and personnel in training that work on the project. € 77,364,640 ‘5 PER MILLE’ SPECIAL PROGRAMMES The Multi Unit programmes funded with pre-tax donations last up to seven years and put the very best of Italian oncology research at work, with the aim of identifying more effective therapies and new prevention and early diagnosis methods, and to better understand metastatic disease. € 18,040,749 ACCELERATOR AWARD Co-funded in partnership with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Fundación Científica – Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (FC – AECC), these grants are aimed at boosting translational research projects carried out at research centres in any of the three countries. € 3,679,233 BEPPE DELLA PORTA PRIZE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS The two-year Beppe Della Porta Prize is reserved to young Italian researchers who, during their work at a scientific organization in our country, achieved original results with an international resonance in cancer research. € 71,774
77,364,640 INVESTIGATOR GRANT (IG) The Investigator Grants are aimed at established researchers and cover the cost of research and personnel in training that work on the project. 18,040,749 ‘5 PER MILLE’ SPECIAL PROGRAMMES The Multi Unit programmes funded with pre-tax donations last up to seven years and put the very best of Italian oncology research at work, with the aim of identifying more effective therapies and new prevention and early diagnosis methods, and to better understand metastatic disease. 3,679,233 ACCELERATOR AWARD Co-funded in partnership with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Fundación Científica – Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (FC – AECC), these grants are aimed at boosting translational research projects carried out at research centres in any of the three countries. 71,774 BEPPE DELLA PORTA PRIZE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS The two-year Beppe Della Porta Prize is reserved to young Italian researchers who, during their work at a scientific organization in our country, achieved original results with an international resonance in cancer research.
IFOM IFOM is a state-of-the-art research centre devoted to studying the formation and development of tumours at the molecular level, in the perspective of a rapid transfer of scientific results from the laboratory to patient care. € 17,794,640
IFOMIFOM is a state-of-the-art research centre devoted to studying the formation and development of tumours at the molecular level, in the perspective of a rapid transfer of scientific results from the laboratory to patient care. € 17,794,640

Dissemination and communication

Knowledge is a fundamental weapon to beat cancer, and AIRC knows it well. Over the years, we have been increasingly communicating the results achieved by research, as soon as laboratories made new data available.

AIRC's communication activities include the dissemination of scientific results and awareness-raising projects focused on prevention, as well as the promotion of fundraising campaigns and schools projects, both through our own channels and with the essential support of the media.

Central to this strategy is Fondamentale magazine, our voice in the homes of supporters and one of the most authoritative Italian publications in the field of oncology.

4,808,241 copies of Fondamentale magazine mailed out 575,650 copies of Fondamentale special edition distributed in the streets
copies of ‘Fondamentale’ special edition distributed in the streets copies of ‘Fondamentale’ magazine mailed out 4,808,241 575,650

Online
presence

For many years, AIRC has been committed to strengthening the relationship with donors and engaging with a younger demographic through digital channels.
New technologies allow us to target a wider audience and increase the effectiveness of our communication efforts.

13,140,430 unique visitors to the AIRC website *

* unique visitors represent the number of visitors counted once for the period 1 January to 31 December 2021. ** as of 31 December 2021. 537,349 Likes on Facebook ** 46,393 Twitter followers ** 386,623 Subscribers of our newsletter 138,052 Instagram followers **
537,349 Likes on Facebook** 46,393 Twitter followers** 386,623 Subscribers of our newsletter** 138,052 Instagram followers**

Media
communication

In addition to supporting the progress of oncological research by financing projects of excellence, AIRC is committed every day in disseminating scientific information through its channels and with the essential support of the media.

The media are a strategic ally in this dual mission, because they help keeping the audience up-to-date with the results of research and emphasize the importance of the contribution everyone can make to make cancer ever more treatable.

280 Paper media 54 TV channels 1,900 Websites 31 Radio stations 2,300 700 8,000 200 Press articles Quotations and interviews on TV Web pages Quotations and interviews on radio Over About Over Over The figures referring to the press and the web include quotations of AIRC and IFOM on national newspapers, regional newspapers, magazines and websites collected by ‘Mimesi’ The figures referring to radio and TV account for the total number of media passages including editorial quotations, dedicated airtime space with testimonials, scientific insights with researchers and their replicas collected by ‘Mimesi’
280 PAPERMEDIA 54 TVCHANNELS ** +1,900 WEBSITES ** 31 RADIO STATIONS ** 2,300 PRESSARTICLES * 700 QUOTATIONS INTERVIEWS ON TV ** 8,000 WEBPAGES ** 200 QUOTATIONS INTERVIEWS ON RADIO ** * The figures referring to the press and the web include quotations of AIRC and IFOM on national newspapers, regional newspapers, magazines and websites collected by ‘Mimesi’** The figures referring to radio and TV account for the total number of media passages including editorial quotations, dedicated airtime space with testimo-nials, scientific insights with researchers and their replicas collected by ‘Mimesi’

The future of research starts from the classroom

We need the help of everybody to make cancer more and more treatable, and schools are undoubtedly a privileged place in which to build this awareness.

AIRC has long had an intense collaboration with schools, from preschool up to secondary schools, with the aim of bringing children closer to science and the world of cancer research, working together on topics such as solidarity and active citizenship.
In order to further expand our audience, over the last few years we have increased our presence in major scientific dissemination festivals.

scuola.airc.it 13,000 SCHOOLSreached by our initiatives 22,344 14,016 PARTICIPANTSto live webinars 1,116 NEW SUBSCRIBERSof our newsletter targeted to schools RESEARCHERSspoke to the students during the "Incontri con la ricerca" 160 SCHOOLSparticipated in "Cancro io ti boccio" 409 UNIQUE VISITORSto Isola dei fumosi website 19,589 STUDENTSinvolved in the project "Una costellazione luminosa. Le parole di AIRC per stare bene". 50,000 300,000PEOPLE online 21,000PEOPLE in person reaching Wetook part in 31FESTIVAL
scuola.airc.it 14,000 SCHOOLS reached by our initiatives 16,164 VIEWERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL 40,344 unique visitorsto Isola dei fumosiwebsite 545 NEW SUBSCRIBERS of our newsletter targeted to schools 912 Schoolsparticipated in "Cancro io ti boccio" 37,500 Studentsinvolved in the project "Una costellazione luminosa. Le parole di AIRC per stare bene". 175 Researchers spoke to the students during the "Incontri con la ricerca" 24 SCIENCE FESTIVALSHosted our researchers and communicators, with an audience of 36,000 PEOPLE 17,540 PARTICIPANTS TO LIVE WEBINARS

AIRCampus: the university project
goes on

Knowledge, innovation, passion, a good cause, future: these are some of the values that guide the work of AIRC researchers, who are relentlessly at work in our country's laboratories. The same principles inspired AIRCampus, a project launched in 2016 to let AIRC meet up with Italian university students: together, for the future of research.
The goal of AIRCampus is to introduce the students to the work of AIRC, its mission and its values, spreading awareness of the "cancer problem" while familiarising the students with the world of volunteering. Together with AIRC, the universities organised moments of in-depth classroom analysis on issues related to AIRC’s activity that pertain, at the same time, to the various courses of study. With the consent of professors, AIRC involved other professionals (including researchers, journalists, communication and non-profit experts) who met the students in class and discussed topics connected to their study plans, giving all students the opportunity to delve into subjects that kindle their interest.
For the academic year 2020/2021, AIRCampus was hosted by Federico II University of Naples and the universities of Padua, Pavia and Ferrara; their students were administered an assessment questionnaire of the activities that were carried out during the year. We received 1,265 complete questionnaires and over 90% of the interviewees stated that the proposed contents were clear, interesting and useful for their education. AIRCampus also carried out special projects reserved for students of Luiss University of Rome and G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara.

6,050 STUDENTSengaged in classrooms 54 LESSONS 7 WORKSHOPS
6,680 students engaged in classrooms over 116 potential new volunteers over 1,000 students involved in special events