Open Lab Initiative

Are you looking for new opportunities to exchange ideas and interact more closely with other research groups?

The Cancer Research UK Open Lab Initiative has been launched to encourage CRUK Centre Network research groups, CRUK-funded laboratories, and other groups undertaking cancer-related research to hold joint group meetings online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond. Our aim is to connect research groups with mutual or complementary interests and expertise to spark creative discussions, generate novel scientific ideas, and establish new research collaborations!

The Open Lab Initiative removes all the fuss and hassle from finding new research collaborators – our proprietary matching algorithms and Open Register make meeting your ideal research partner a breeze!

The first step in meeting your future new collaborators is to simply express your interest in the Initiative by completing the Expression of Interest form. The form can also be accessed and shared by using this link.

After completing the Expression of Interest form, you will receive a link giving you full access to the Initiative's SharePoint site. Once there, you will be asked to provide details of your research group's interests and expertise, and some information on what you are, and are not, looking for from a match. We will then use this information to match you with another research group to hold a joint, virtual group meeting. Alternatively, you can add your research group to our Open Register to allow others to match with you directly.

If you have any questions, queries or feedback, please email the Open Lab Initiative Team at