We’re here to ensure that your donations are used to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Discover how we allocate our funds and decide which research projects to support.
Every year, we ask researchers around the world to send us their boldest, bravest ideas. They must outline what they hope to achieve with their research and provide detailed scientific explanations of how they will do it. They also provide us with a breakdown of the costs involved so that we can make sure that we make the most of your donations.
We want to make the most of our generous supporters’ donations. That’s why 24 of the world’s best cancer researchers - our Scientific Advisory Committee - decide which of the projects meet the aims stated in our Research Strategy. The remaining projects are then sent to external experts in cancer research for "peer review".
This is a very important stage that ensures every application is reviewed by experts in the relevant field of cancer research. Importantly, all these reviewers are independent of Worldwide Cancer Research, to remove any potential bias or conflict of interest.
Here, the Scientific Advisory Committee get together in one room to discuss the 100 or so ideas left on the table. They discuss each application in detail, considering the comments provided from the peer reviewers. After a long day, the Committee is then ready to make its recommendation for the bold ideas that we should fund.
To make sure we fund as many of the best projects as we possibly can, we go out of our way to set up partnerships with other charities who can help cover some of the costs. This way of combining resources means that more research gets done and more first steps are taken towards new cures for cancer.
We currently have projects being co-funded in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity, Kidney Research UK, FC AECC and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Without their support, these projects may never have been funded.
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