Ensuring Research Quality
Pancreatic Cancer UK is delighted to have been accepted as a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities. This means that the charity's grant giving and scientific process has been rigorously reviewed by an independent expert body and found to be best practice in the field.
External Peer Review Process
All research applications to the charity are reviewed by a range of independent external experts in the field. Their recommendations are then assessed as part of a further review by the charity's Scientific Advisory Board.
As part of the scientific review process, the Board provides expert advice to the CEO and Trustees on:
- Development of the charity's research strategy and grant giving programme
- External referees for applications ('peer reviewers')
- Assessment of and final recommendations on applications
The SAB also provides advice and support for the charity on reporting and dissemination of research results.
Conflicts of Interest Policy
The charity has a rigorous policy on conflicts of interest in relation to both external peer reviewers and members of the SAB. Note that an important part of this policy is that the Chair or Vice Chair will withdraw from the entire research grants round if it includes any applications from members of his own research team.