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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 were awarded ‘Best practice in medical and health research peer review’ following our five-yearly audit in 2015.

Our decision process

Funding Process March 19

Your donations help fund cancer research to find new ways to diagnose it, better ways to treat it, and to make life easier for people living with cancer today.

Every year, Welsh researchers apply for funding from us. The applications range from lab based; investigating how cancers form and creating new drugs for some of the hardest to treat cancers to community projects; looking at how to improve the lives of people throughout their cancer journey.

Following successful internal triage, expert peer reviewers from around the world volunteer their time to advise and score all our research applications.

These reviews are read by one of our voluntary advisory committees who help us make decisions about which research grant applications to fund:

Scientific Advisory Committee

Our scientific advisory committee (SAC) is made up of leading researchers covering a mix of cancer types and lab based activity. They volunteer their time to meet a few times a year to recommend and monitor the progress of our lab based PhD Studentships.

Psychosocial Advisory Committee

Our psychosocial advisory committee (PAC) is made up of experts in their field.
Their wealth of knowledge covers a range of backgrounds including palliative care, cancer rehabilitation, physical activity epidemiology and health and social care relating to cancer.
They volunteer their time to meet throughout the year to recommend and monitor the progress of our community based PhD Studentships.

Research Advisory Group

Our Research Advisory Group consists of people affected by cancer, whether as a patient, survivor, carer, bereaved or through their work life. They are our volunteers involved in every stage of our iGrant process and recommend which projects should receive Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant funding.

KESS Committee

Our KESS committee is group of Tenovus Cancer Care trustees and a representative lay member. They volunteer to review the applications we receive as part of the KESS scheme and to recommend projects for funding

Research Strategy Grant Steering Group

Our research strategy grant steering group is made up of Tenovus Cancer Care staff members and lay representatives. They are involved in every stage of the research strategy grant process, from setting the call priorities to making funding recommendations.

Next, the relevant committee recommendations are passed to Tenovus Cancer Care's Research and Patient Services Committee for funding approval.

All committees play a crucial role in the allocation of Tenovus Cancer Care funds and we are enormously grateful for their support and for giving up their time to help us help people affected by cancer.

Finally applicants are informed of the funding decisions and successful applicants begin their research into improving the lives of cancer patients and their families, funded by us.

If you'd like to share your ideas and views about research, feel free to email our team at