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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 316 approved peer reviewers, of which approx 40 reviewed in 2023, and 31 reviewed in 2022.


Consumer Advisory Panel

Dr Lisa VaccaroMs Leonie YoungMs Anny FriisDr Andrea Smith
Ms Cheryl GrantDr Mara LidumsMr Padmanabhan Karamil
Ms Debbie DochertyMs Vanessa Smith Ms Jane Bennett
Ms Kathryn LeaneyMs Patricia HancockMr Stephen Circosta