Prostate Cancer UK strongly supports the involvement of people
affected by prostate cancer in our research funding activities, as
this helps to ensure a continued focus on the key priorities for
men, and their families and friends, who are currently living with
Since 2004, two lay representatives have taken part in our
Research Advisory Committee to help decide which research projects
we support. However in 2013, we wanted to enhance this
public involvement by setting up an entire panel of people affected
by prostate cancer, called the Grants Advisory Panel, to provide a
much wider range of perspectives and ensure that the research we
fund addresses the most important issues experienced by men living
with prostate cancer.
The Grants Advisory Panel will be responsible for reviewing and
discussing the lay summaries of research grant applications
submitted to Prostate Cancer UK and representing the views of
people living with prostate cancer to our Research Advisory
Committee and influence the funding decisions made.
a greater number of people with first-hand experience of prostate
cancer meeting as a formal Grants Advisory Panel will enable a wide
range of opinions to be presented, ensuring that research funded by
Prostate Cancer UK is sharply focused on the needs of men affected
by the disease."
What does the Grants Advisory Panel do?
Members of the panel will be required to:
- Read lay summaries of research grant applications and provide
feedback to and discussion among the Grants Advisory Panel
- Suggest the priority/importance of the proposed research to
people living with prostate cancer
- Represent the views of a broad range of people living with
- Present the views of this group to the Research Advisory
- Help Prostate Cancer UK promote patient and public involvement
in research activities.
Who can be a member of the Panel?
The Grants Advisory Panel consists of people from within the UK
- Have personal experience of prostate cancer, as someone who has
been diagnosed or as a partner, family member or friend
- Have an interest in science and research (or are willing to
- Can communicate with a range of people and have the confidence
to discuss issues in a committee environment
- Are prepared to take part in, and travel to, one to two
meetings a year
- Demonstrate a commitment to representing the views of the wide
range of people living with prostate cancer in the UK.
For further information on the activities of this panel, as well
as the particular criteria we look for, please refer to the terms of reference and role description.
For any questions regarding the Grants Advisory Panel, please
contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 020 8222 7665.
Applications for the Grants Advisory Panel are now