Peer review

In over fifty years, AIRC has refined the method by which the most deserving cancer research projects are selected. This method, the international standard of “peer review”, entrusts the evaluation of projects to international experts free of conflict of interests.

What we fund

In order to solicit laboratory results, which may foster the development of effective cancer treatments, AIRC supports grants and fellowships selected by merit. Researchers may request such grants and fellowships by submitting an application in response to one of several AIRC Calls for proposals, each one with different goals and purposes.

One of our goals is to nurture a new generation of scientists devoted to cancer research, supporting them in an educational path that provides training opportunities at major research facilities in Italy and abroad, where they can learn from world leaders in cancer research.

The strength of these grants also lies in creating the preconditions that will encourage researchers to come back to Italy, with fellowships such as the iCARE-2 Marie Curie Reintegration cofunded by the European Union, the Start-Up grants and My First Airc Grant (MFAG). Thus, the knowledge acquired abroad can be put to use in our country.
Established senior scientists are supported with long-term programmes such as the Investigator Grants and other special multi-unit programmes, which ensure constant support throughout the long process that leads to significant scientific results.

A rigorous selection based on merit

Every year AIRC asks its Scientific Review Committee (CTS) and a panel of about 600 international reviewers to identify the most promising research projects and to evaluate their results over time, hence offering the opportunity to measure and verify AIRC ability to put its funds to the best possible use. The selection of fellowship applications for Italy is entrusted to three CTS members, whereas the ones for abroad undergo the evaluation by two CTS members and an international reviewer. With regard to the selection of iCARE-2 fellowships, which are co-funded by the European Union, the evaluation involves two international reviewers and one member of the CTS. The peer review process is managed by the personnel of the peer review office, also thanks to a web platform developed specifically for this purpose, ensuring the utmost efficiency throughout the process.
The major steps of any AIRC funding scheme is summarized in this diagram:

Results of the Peer Review process 2020 are available here