Peer review and assessment processes


Our research strategy sets out three broad aims:

  • Advancing our understanding of the causes and development of childhood cancer
  • Driving forward the development of improved treatments, including the reduction of adverse effects
  • Understanding the long-term risks associated with childhood cancer and its treatment


We operate a variety of funding streams to help work towards these aims. These include project grants, Fellowship awards, conference funding and travel awards.  

Read more: Research strategy | Funding opportunities

Application processes

The exact remit of each funding call is determined by our Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)

Project grants and Fellowship awards are invited via annual calls, with a two-stage application process.

The first stage is submission of a short preliminary application giving an outline of the proposed research - the aims, methods and the credentials of the research team.

Preliminary applications are reviewed by the SAP. The most promising applications are taken through to the second stage, with applicants invited to submit a detailed proposal. Short-listed Fellowship applicants will also be interviewed.

Peer review

The detailed research proposals are reviewed by external experts, from the UK and overseas, selected from our referee database or reviews of the literature.

External reviewers are asked to complete a form commenting on the originality, importance, design and costing of the proposal. Applicants have the opportunity to respond to these comments.

Final decisions

AMRC peer review audit logoThe applications, reviews and responses are then sent to members of our SAP who meet to discuss each application and agree which projects to recommend to the Trustees for funding, taking into account the overall balance of projects.

The Trustees make the final decisions, on the basis of advice from the SAP and the amount of funding available.

Children with Cancer UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which sets minimum standards of good practice to which member charities must adhere in their grant-making, including policies on peer review.

NCRI logoWe are also a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), a partnership of UK cancer funders. 


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