Vision & Mission


Maximise cancer trial access and outcomes to prolong patient lives and expand cancer research in Ireland.


To be an indispensable all-Ireland hub for cancer trials, globally recognised for excellence in governance, collaboration and innovation in clinical research.

We are the leading cancer research trials organisation in Ireland.

We work with the foremost Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncologists, as well as Haematologists and Research Specialists (Oncology Research Nurses, Translational Scientists, Data Managers, Pharmacists and staff) in Ireland. 98% of all cancer treating specialists in Ireland are members of Cancer Trials Ireland.

We enable, support and oversee the running of over 100 trials involving thousands of patients.

In addition, our members had many articles published in peer reviewed journals, abstracts published and addressed some of the most highly regarded international cancer conferences.

Since we were established in 1996, more than 25,000 patients have participated in over 420 cancer trials.

We work closely with local investigators, international collaborative groups such as ECOG, NRG, ANZUP and global pharmaceutical companies.

While the vast majority of the trials in our portfolio are carried out in Ireland some trials extend to Europe. One such example is NeoAEGIS which has participation from research units in the UK, France and Denmark.

We are a not-for-profit registered charity.

We are partly funded by the Health Research Board (HRB), the Irish Cancer Society  and St Lukes Institute for Cancer Research Cancer. We also receive greatly appreciated philanthropic donations and donations from members of the public.

In addition we generate over half our income from the cancer trials services we provide to pharmaceutical companies and international research groups.

Our everyday functions include planning, opening, co-coordinating, supporting, monitoring and auditing cancer trials in Ireland.

We provide training, facilitate co-operation between all professionals working in the area and support the development of cancer trials research units around the country.

We set policy and champion the opening of more cancer trials in Ireland through engagements with key stakeholders both in Ireland and internationally.