The group members generously give their time and expertise for free, and we are enormously grateful for their ongoing commitment.
Grants Committee (GC)
The Grants Committee consists of around 30 of the UK’s leading breast cancer researchers. Together, they review applications to our response-mode grant funding schemes (that is, our projects, PhD studentships and fellowships).
They are guided by peer advice from many hundreds of other scientists and clinicians from around the world, who provide specialist written comments on specific applications.
Together, this assessment by the Grants Committee and the external expert peer reviewers 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 (AMRC https://www.amrc.org.uk/), and we follow their best practice for peer review.
For any queries about the Grants Committee, please contact our Research Funding team email@example.com.
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.
Membership to the catalyst committee is currently under review.
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 two 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.
Read our blog posts 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 any queries about the Generations Study Oversight Body, please contact our Senior Research Grants Officer on 020 7280 520 or email email@example.com.
How we manage our committees
Each committee has a terms of reference that outlines its roles and responsibilities.
Members have a fixed term of office, and all members including the chair, can serve for no longer than six years. Having stepped down, members may be invited to become a member again, but only following a break of at least three year.
For research review committee meetings, there is a quorum of 50% or more. In addition, there must be a sufficient range of expertise to be able to make informed funding recommendations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.