We need you to help us rewrite the cancer story

Together we can innovate, inspire and create change.

The Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge:

How can we facilitate better knowledge transfer and collaboration between multi-disciplinary healthcare teams to improve the continuity of care for patients in an environment where new treatment approaches are fundamentally shifting how patients live with their cancer?

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Your ideas could help improve the cancer experience

One winning submission from each of the four categories outlined below may have the opportunity to further develop their ideas with a benefit of funds or in-kind services of up to a maximum value of $50,000 CAD. This benefit can include non-clinical research support and partnerships with policy experts, advocacy groups and medical professionals.

Team Registration

Teams need a minimum of two members in order to participate. Team leaders will be responsible for registering their teams, keeping team members up to date on Challenge developments and hand in the final submission.   Once your team is registered, team leaders will be provided with an option to send team members a link where they can sign up for individual updates on the Challenge.
  • Register for the Challenge

    The Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge is a team-based initiative. Teams need a minimum of two members in order to participate and must elect a team leader who will register for the Challenge, keep team members up to date and submit the final response to the Challenge.

    Once registered, team leaders will be provided with the option to send team members a link to sign up for individual updates on the Challenge.

    Want to lead a team?

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  • We are not looking for testimonials about particular medicines or other products. Please note that submissions made through this website will be monitored for adverse event reports.

How it Works

Teams will collaborate to discuss, brainstorm, rethink and offer a solution to the Challenge, and help rewrite the story of cancer for tomorrow’s patients.

Each team’s submission must fit in to one of four categories:

  • Non-Clinical Research
  • Patient Support
  • Health Policy
  • Medical Education

Please see the Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge Official Rules and Regulations for further details on each of these categories.

Submissions must:

  • Be written in the English language
  • Be no more than 1,000 words in length
  • Come in the form of a PDF (up to 20MB)

Include the following information:

  • Team name
  • Team leader’s name and email address
  • Team members’ names and email addresses
  • City
  • Company, institution or organization team represents (if applicable)
  • Submission category

Two supplemental files, such as photos (PNG or JPG up to 10MB per photo) and videos (MP4 up to 1GB), may also accompany submissions.

Each team can ask the Steering Committee up to two questions to help guide the development of their submission. The Steering Committee will review and answer questions submitted. Questions and answers will then be compiled and shared with all registered teams.

Once the Challenge closes, the Steering Committee will review and evaluate all submissions, and choose the winning submission(s) in Spring 2018.

Important Dates

Registration OpensNovember 8, 2017

Submit QuestionsJanuary 12, 2018

Submission DeadlineFebruary 28, 2018

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions must have a clear approach that offers an innovative solution to the Challenge. Each submission will be reviewed by the Rewrite Cancer Steering Committee of oncology experts based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of outlined proposal
  • Evidence of a well thought out design (e.g. approach, executional considerations, resources, etc.)
  • Methods of measuring impact/outcome
  • Feasibility and broad applicability
  • Innovative thinking

Please see the Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge Official Rules and Regulations for full details and weighting on evaluation criteria.