Twice a year, in April and October, we invite research proposals from scientists around the world, working in the cancer field. Each of these is then sent to two independent experts for peer review.
Our Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) comprises some of the world's most eminent cancer researchers. Its members are unpaid and meet to evaluate the proposals and advise the Board on the most appropriate areas for support. Once the SAC has graded the proposals we fund as many as we can of those projects achieving the highest scores.
AICR emphasises the need for a flexible approach to funding, and is always examining new approaches to solving problems in cancer research. These projects often need preliminary results prior to seeking major funding. Such "pump priming" is an important part of AICR's research expenditure.
Cancer is a worldwide problem, and the incidence of the different forms varies from country to country. A major aspect of AICR's approach is to recognise the importance of international collaboration in studying these manifestations. AICR funds projects in many different countries, and encourages collaboration between individual recipients of grants.
Find out more about the projects that we are currently funding.