Funding committees

We have an excellent peer review process that supports our strategic priorities while remaining responsive to new opportunities.

Our committees, and where applicable their Expert Review Panels and independent peer reviewers, adhere to our thorough code of practice,  Terms of Reference for funding committees, Terms of Reference for Expert Review Panels, and Conflicts of Interest Policy.

To assess applications, all Committees and Panels should use our CRUK Guide to Assessing Grant Applications found on our peer review page.

Remits of the committees

  • Clinical Research Committee oversees funding and endorsement of late-phase investigator-led clinical trials, and other research supporting or enabling clinical trials.

  • Discovery Research Committee supports our discovery and translational cancer research activity through Programme, Project and Pilot Awards, and builds expertise in cancer immunology and multidisciplinary research.

  • Early Detection & Diagnosis Research Committee funds discovery and translational research which seeks to enable the detection of cancer or pre-cancerous states at the earliest point at which an intervention might be made.

  • Prevention and Population Research Committee supports a broad portfolio of prevention and population research aimed at understanding the epidemiology of cancer, cancer risk, incidence and survival and preventative interventions

  • Research Careers Committee oversees funding to develop the careers of early to mid-career cancer researchers and clinical academic researchers 

Scientific Executive Board

Our funding committees are overseen by the Scientific Executive Board, who are responsible for developing and implementing our scientific strategy. In exceptional circumstances, the board also consider approaches for funding that do not easily fall within the scope or scale of our funding committees and schemes.

Open call for new committee members

If you’re a prominent scientist or clinical academic, consider joining our community of world-leading cancer experts who help us fund critical, cutting-edge cancer research. 

Observe funding panels and committees

As part of our commitments to supporting the next generation of researchers and EDI in research, we're offering early- to mid-career researchers the opportunity to observe panel and committee meetings.

Statement of intent for patient and public involvement

Our statement of intent for patient and public involvement outlines how we will work with people affected by cancer to guide, influence and shape projects as they develop to increase our understanding of cancer. 

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Assessing Grant Applications

To assess applications, all Committees and Panels should use our

Guide to Assessing Grant Applications