Excellence is our standard of choice
A crucial part of AIRC's work is deciding which projects to fund
out of the numerous proposals received. This is a lengthy, rigorous
and transparent process that AIRC has gradually fine-tuned over the
A project worthy of funding must be innovative. It must have
aims with a substantial impact for cancer patients, and it has to
be feasible, as proven by preliminary results and by the scientific
qualifications of the applicants.
To review proposals according to these criteria
and draw up a scale of merit, AIRC relies on a Scientific Committee
whose 28 rotating members are chosen from among the top cancer
experts in Italy and cover all the main areas of research. They
include both laboratory scientists and doctors who work side by
side with their patients.
Working in parallel with the Scientific Committee are about 600
foreign researchers, selected from the top echelons of cancer
research. Every proposal, then, is first examined by two reviewers
outside the country. Each reviewer evaluates all proposals
concerning his or her area of expertise, and prepares a comparative
ranking. The members of the Scientific Committee do likewise. This
process takes about four months. The committee then meets for
several days to study the rankings and decide which projects to
fund, and submits its recommendations to the Board of
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