NCRI Proposal Guidance meetings offer investigators the opportunity to submit their cancer study proposals for review by a bespoke panel of experts and receive written feedback to assist them with the development of their study.

The NCRI welcomes investigators to submit their cancer research study ideas, prior to submission to NCRI Partners’ competitive funding streams, for feedback from a specially selected review panel. Each review panel consists of up to ten multi-disciplinary experts, which could include specialists in translational science, diagnostics, AI and data science, patient and public involvement and other areas. Members on the panel are drawn from the NCRI Networks and assembled based on the expertise required to review each proposal. After a short triaging process, researchers will be given the chance to present and discuss their proposals with the expert panel, and will also receive written feedback to consider before submitting to national funding streams. This is the main way the NCRI supports the development of cancer research proposals; please note that the NCRI does not provide letters of support through this process.

These meetings are expected to take place twice a year. Call for proposals and dates for upcoming meetings are advertised on the Jobs and Opportunities page. To read about past Proposal Guidance meetings and feedback from participants, please see this case study.

Please note: If you are submitting a proposal for review, or are interested in sitting on a Proposal Guidance panel, please ensure you are signed up to the NCRI Networks by completing this sign-up form.

Please contact the NCRI Proposal Guidance Team at if you have any queries or require further information.

Useful resources for researchers (PDF)