The group members generously give their time and expertise for free, and we are enormously grateful for their ongoing commitment.

Grants Committee

The Grants Committee consists of around 30 of the UK’s leading breast cancer researchers. Together, they review applications to our short-term funding schemes (that is, our projects, PhD studentships, pilot grants and fellowships).

They take advice from many hundreds of other scientists and clinicians from around the world, who provide specialist written comments on particular applications.

Together, this assessment by both the Grants Committee and the external experts ensures that Breast Cancer Now funds research which will have the greatest chance of leading to improvements in the prevention, detection and treatment of all forms of breast cancer.

It is important that our decision-making processes are fair, transparent and free from bias. We are members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, and we follow their best practice for peer review.

Find out about the

For any queries about the Grants Committee, please contact our Senior Manager, Research Funding on 0207 749 4108 or email

Catalyst Committee (CC)

The Catalyst Committee consists of leading breast cancer clinicians and scientists from across the UK and Europe. Together, they review expressions of interest and applications for our Catalyst Grant funding scheme. Like the Grants Committee, they take advice from many other scientists and clinicians from around the world, who provide specialist written comments on the applications we receive.

Find out about the Catalyst Committee members and affiliations (PDF)

Risk and Prevention Committee

The Risk and Prevention Committee consists of 14 leading experts in the field from across the UK. The committee makes funding recommendations after thoroughly reviewing all grant applications received from our Risk and Prevention funding scheme, as with our other committees, they take into account the advice of peer reviewers from around the world who provide written comments on the grant applications.

Find out about the Risk and Prevention Committee members and affiliations (PDF)

The Science Strategy Committee (SSC)

The SSC was established to provide expert scientific advice directly to the Board of Trustees. Members include leading, international scientists. The SSC meets three times a year.

The main purpose of the SSC is to oversee Breast Cancer Now’s research portfolio and its funding mechanisms, ensuring the strategic aims of the charity are delivered effectively. Working closely alongside the Research Directorate, the SSC is responsible for:

  • The Research Strategy – recommending Breast Cancer Now’s research strategy; monitoring the impact of Breast Cancer Now’s research expenditure against the research strategy; monitoring Breast Cancer Now’s funding mechanisms to ensure the strategic aims are delivered
  • Research Budget – advising the Board of Trustees on the distribution of the annual research budget across Breast Cancer Now’s entire research portfolio
  • Reviewing and advising on scientific progress – including reviewing the annual progress of Breast Cancer Now’s long-term programmes

Find out about the Science Strategy Committee members and affiliates (PDF).

Read our blog posts by Senior Research Officer, Nicole, on the impact of patient voices in research, and the committee's patient representative, Anna, to see how we keep the experience of those affected at the heart of our research priorities.

For any queries about the SSC please contact us at

Generations Study Oversight Body

The Generations Study is the world’s largest and most comprehensive study into the causes of breast cancer and is following more than 113,000 women throughout their lives. The study is funded by Breast Cancer Now and hosted by the Institute of Cancer Research.

The Generations Study Oversight Body includes representatives from both Breast Cancer Now and the Institute of Cancer Research. It monitors the progress of the work of the study, approves requests for external access to the study data and offers advice on ethical considerations.

It is also responsible for the appointment of the study’s Principal Investigators. 

For more information 

For any queries about the Generations Study Oversight Body, please contact our Senior Manager, Research Funding on 020 7280 4260 (520) or email

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