Various diagrams that I made for an EU Project Proposal under the H2020 funding framework.
Abstract : The concept of tumour initiation and evolution has opened a new area of research for both scientists and industries interested in understanding the mechanisms linked to cancer development and progression. Despite the existence of a number of research networks in the field of cancer, there remains an urgent need for training networks to prepare young researchers for careers in this rapidly moving life science area. The objective of this proposal is to train 15 ESRs in cancer cell research. The research program of the TITEM project takes into account current trends in cancer research and aims to adopt a more comprehensive approach towards characterising tumour initiation, from the origin of Tumour Initiating cells, the identification of Targets for the design of novel biomarkers and curative drugs, taking into account the heterogeneity linked to tumour Evolution and the role of the Microenvironment. The complexity of cancer research demands refined up-to-date technological platforms, computational tools and scientific expertise that cannot easily be achieved in a single institution alone. The TITEM project provides a unique network of excellent scientific research and highly comprehensive training by bringing together 9 elite academic laboratories, 6 companies and 4 European Educational Associations from 9 member states working on more than 8 different types of tumours. The members of the TITEM project whether from the academic or private sector share a common dedication to training young researchers and PhD students and have already worked together. It is anticipated that this ETN will create a unique multi-disciplinary and multi-sector structure of training for a new area of research in cancer which will federate research across Europe, foster new career perspectives and provide the basis to structure initial research training in Europe for cancer research.