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The NBCF peer review process is integral to supporting the best breast cancer research in Australia. The effectiveness and sustainability of the peer review processes depends on scientific and consumer reviewers with wide-ranging expertise in cancer research, who have donated their time to ensuring the efficacy of this process. Please find the consumer engagement resource document here.

NBCF has privileged access to some of the best scientific minds on a volunteer basis. NBCF monitors the research landscape to ensure that the grant categories address current and relevant needs and priorities in breast cancer research.

To ensure integrity, accountability and transparency when awarding funds, NBCF coordinates a rigorous peer review process. An open and competitive call is issued for each of our grants. Applications are reviewed by the external scientific Peer Review Committees and the Consumer Advisory Panel and outcomes presented to our Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The recommendations made by the RAC are then submitted to the NBCF Board for final decision and approval.


Peer review process explained




Peer Reviewers Committee

NBCF have a total of 242 approved peer reviewers, of which approx 81 reviewed in 2019, and 70 reviewed in 2018.


Consumer Advisory Panel

Ms Cecila GrayMr Derek MauleMs Leonie YoungMs Lisa Vaccaro
Ms Cheryl GrantMs Jane BennettDr Mara Lidums
Ms Cindy SchultzMs Jill YatesMs Vanessa Smith
Ms Debbie DochertyMs Kathryn LeaneyMs Patricia Hancock