About the Prize

The Astellas Oncology C3 Prize sparks new, innovative ways of caring for cancer patients.

It’s so important that we focus on finding cancer treatments, and, at the same time, holistically improving the lives of those impacted by cancer. Years ago, we founded the C3 Prize, a movement sparked by Astellas and sustained by the cancer community.

First, scroll down to discover what we’re looking for in 2019, then apply. If you have any questions, our FAQ may help. Or download our Official Rules.

What We’re Looking For

Nurturing grassroots ideas has resulted in incredible impact over the years. Our innovators have been able to help those battling cancer in ways we never would’ve imagined on our own.

The C3 Prize is not just for tech applicants or complex solutions. We’re open to any idea that can have impact, even and especially if it’s simple. (For example, read up on the prize details to learn about this year’s new Emerging Ideas Prize.)

Solutions focused on the United States and the rest of the world are all in play this year. In accordance with legal and regulatory guidance, we cannot accept applications from entrants from Crimea, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea or Sudan.

Some of our previous winners almost didn’t apply because they assumed they didn’t stand a chance – if you have an idea, we want to hear about it.

Categories

This year, we identified three core challenges related to unmet needs: Cancer Care Journey, Cancer Health Disparities, and Cancer Survivorship. Applicants can submit their ideas in one of these three categories:

  • Cancer Care Journey | Ideas to help improve the patient experience, ease decision-making, and navigate everyday care.
  • Cancer Health Disparities | Ideas to reduce the unequal burden of cancer care, with a focus on tools and resources that reach underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Cancer Survivorship | Ideas to address survivorship challenges and concerns.

Prize Details

All applications, regardless of submission category, will be considered for all prizes: Grand Prize, Innovation Prizes, and Emerging Ideas Prize.

Based on the evaluation of an expert judging panel, Astellas will announce the 2019 C3 Prize finalists in September 2019. Three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize, with the runners up awarded the two Innovation Prizes.

We will select one Emerging Ideas Prize winner from the pool of applicants, a first for the program, also announced in September 2019. Judges will consider ideas for the Emerging Ideas Prize if they have high potential impact for patients and caregivers but need additional work and cultivation before implementing.

The three finalists will present ideas in front of a panel of judges and an audience during a live pitch event in October 2019, featuring judges including celebrity entrepreneur Bill Rancic and 2017 C3 Prize winner Hernâni Oliveira. The Emerging Ideas Winner will also have the opportunity to showcase their idea at the live pitch event.

All winners will be provided with access to tools and resources to help them develop and advance their idea. This year, we’ve increased our amounts to the following amounts:

  • 1 Grand Prize | $100,000 USD
  • 2 Innovation Prizes | $45,000 USD each
  • 1 Emerging Ideas Prize | $10,000 USD
Ebele Mbanugo

Ebele Mbanugo, Executive Director, Run For a Cure Africa Breast Cancer Foundation and 2018 Grand Prize Winner

Submit your winning idea

The C3 Prize is not just for tech applicants or complex solutions. We’re open to any idea that can have impact, even and especially if it’s simple.

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FAQ

What if my idea falls into more than one category… or none of them?

Submissions must be entered into only one category.

We recommend selecting the category that you feel most closely aligns with your idea. Only one application per individual or team can be accepted.

When does the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize 2019 begin, and when will the winners be announced?

The timing for the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize is:

  • The entry period for the 2019 C3 Prize will begin May 15, 2019. Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on July 15, 2019
  • Finalists will be notified in September 2019 and will be invited to pitch their ideas in front of a live panel of judges in October 2019

Who is eligible to apply?

Please see Terms & Conditions.

What are the Terms & Conditions?

Please see Terms & Conditions.

How do I apply?

Fill out the application.

How can the 2019 Astellas Oncology C3 Prize grant money be used?

The Astellas Oncology C3 Prize grant can be used to bring the winners' ideas to life. The winners will develop a project plan detailing how they intend to use their grant to help those impacted by cancer. The winners will also receive ongoing access to tools and resources to help them further develop and advance their idea.

What are the judging criteria?

Online forms, videos, and live presentations will be evaluated by the judges based on the following criteria:

Innovation Prize Evaluation Criteria

  • Feasibility of innovation, including ability of entrant to operationalize/implement the innovative idea for future application within six to 12 months of receiving the grant (40%)
  • Potential impact of innovation on people affected by cancer (40%)
  • Creativity and originality of innovation (10%)
  • Vision for sharing and socializing innovation across multiple audiences, to reach more people with this impactful idea/tool (10%)

Emerging Ideas Prize Evaluation Criteria

  • Potential impact of innovation on people affected by cancer (50%)
  • Creativity and originality of innovation (20%)
  • Feasibility of innovation (20%)
  • Vision for sharing and socializing innovation across multiple audiences, to reach more people with this impactful idea/tool (10%)