Our grant making seeks to further the prediction, prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer, particularly in terms of supporting the research team working within The Nightingale Centre and the Manchester Breast Centre. Prevent Breast Cancer is also a non-commercial partner of the National Institute of Health Research.
Applicants are required to complete a Prevent Breast Cancer grant application form and submit this to our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which assesses the scientific value and suitability for funding of each project. The Board is chaired by Professor Cliona Kirwan – a clinician scientist in surgical oncology and consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon – with support from consultant onco-plastic breast surgeon, James Harvey.
Applications are assessed based on the research plan, clear relevance to breast cancer research, expected outcomes and the potential impact on breast cancer prevention. Applications which do not address Prevent Breast Cancer’ criteria are not considered for funding, and the SAB makes a decision regarding eligibility of each application individually. We have a rigorous system in place to review grant applications.
Once received, each application is reviewed internally by a member of the SAB, who must be independent of the project. If deemed suitable, the application is then sent to two external reviewers, who are independent to Prevent Breast Cancer and the host institution. Each reviewer will complete a review form and give a final summary score. A project has to be achievable, and the reviewer has to explain why a project is recommended. Funding requests between £10,000 and £30,000 are reviewed internally by three members of the SAB, who are each independent of the project.
Applications must clearly address our core areas of prediction, prevention or early detection in order to be considered. The expert reviews are then presented to the Board of Trustees, which takes the final decision on whether to provide funding. If the Chair or any other SAB member has a conflict of interest on an application, they are excluded from the discussion and decision-making process in order to ensure complete impartiality.
Funding requests of £10,000 and under – for small pilot projects, requests for consumables and/or equipment, or for a contribution to an existing active research study – will not be sent for peer review. They will be assessed for suitability by a member of the SAB and a decision about whether to fund these requests will be made by the Board of Trustees.
Prevent Breast Cancer does not fund experiments on animals.