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How we fund research

To make sure we fund the highest quality projects, we are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a national organisation of leading medical and health research charities. AMRC membership is the hallmark of quality research funding. This means we follow the AMRC principles of peer review and support the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research. We have been awarded ‘Best practice in medical and health research peer review’ following two consecutive five-yearly audits in 2015 and more recently in 2020.

Our decision process

Our cancer research is funded entirely by donations and we’re committed to funding the most relevant and impactful projects for people affected by cancer. To help us achieve this, we follow a rigorous four step funding process for all our research.

  1. We open calls for funding annually and invite researchers from Welsh institutions to submit applications to us.
  2. Following successful internal triage, expert peer reviewers from around the world volunteer their time to advise and score our research applications.

  3. These reviews are read by one of our voluntary advisory committees who help us make decisions about which research grant applications to fund. Read more about our research committees here.

  4. The relevant advisory committee recommendations are passed to our Research and Patient Services Committee for funding approval. Applicants are informed of the decisions and successful applicants begin their research into improving the lives of cancer patients and their families, funded by us.

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