FAQs for research grant holders

All you need to know if you have been awarded one of World Cancer Research Fund International's research grants

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- Do I need to complete any documentation first?
- Do I need to mention WCRF International in all publications related to the research?
- Do I have to send a copy of the publication to WCRF International before submission or after it has been accepted?
- When and how should I acknowledge WCRF International?
- What if my research is not finished on time?
- Can I make a change to the budget?
- What happens if I need to transfer the grant?
- What are my commitments during the grant period?
- What happens if I haven't spent all my grant by the end of the period?
- What can happen if I break the Terms and Conditions?
- What if I have any other questions?

Is there any documentation that needs to be completed before the start of the project?

The Principal Investigator (PI) should complete and sign both the terms and conditions form, and the payment form. The latter should be returned by the designated institution official and the PI at least one calendar month before the grant start date.

Do I have to mention that I am a World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International grant recipient in all publications related to the research project?

Yes, all abstracts, manuscripts and publications related to the research project must acknowledge WCRF International.

Do I have to send a copy of the publication to WCRF International before submission or after it has been accepted?

Please send a copy of the publication to WCRF International after it has been accepted but before it is published.

When and how should I acknowledge WCRF International?

You should acknowledge WCRF International (and relevant global network entity if applicable) in any publication, poster or presentation that includes research supported in whole or in part by the WCRF global network. Posters and presentations should also include the relevant WCRF global network logos.

What if my research is not finished on time?

The Grant Period may be extended for up to one year beyond the date specified in the Award letter with prior written approval from WCRF International. For more information, please refer to our terms & conditions document.

Can I make a change to the budget?

All transfers must be approved by WCRF International in writing prior to expenditure. Please contact us to discuss this.

What happens if I need to transfer the grant to a…

  • different institution?

Grants may be transferred from one institution to another with prior written approval from WCRF International. The PI of the grant is responsible for submitting to WCRF International, in a timely manner, a letter requesting transfer of the grant, giving the PI’s new address, and the address and contact details of, and signatures from, the relevant head of department and the head of the new institution.

WCRF International must receive a written acceptance of the grant by an authorised official of the new institution. Payments will only be initiated to the new institution upon receipt of a final financial accounting of all expenditure from the original institution and a letter acknowledging that the grant has been accepted by the transfer institution.

  • different PI?

Grants may be transferred from one PI to another with prior approval from WCRF International. As the original PI, you should submit a request in writing, stating the reason for the requested change, with evidence that the proposed new investigator can complete the project. Also, include a completed biographical information section of WCRF International’s application form, and CV, for the proposed new PI. The new PI must also submit a letter of intent to WCRF International. WCRF International will then notify the PI in writing of its decision whether or not to transfer the grant.

What are my commitments during the grant period?

You will need to submit yearly progress reports, including a finance statement. You should also update WCRF International regarding any abstracts, manuscripts and publications of research supported in whole or in part by the WCRF global network and take part in any communication activity to promote your research as directed by WCRF International.

I’m reaching the end of my grant term and have not spent all the money allocated in the budget. What should I do?

You should refund any unexpended funds to WCRF International.

Unexpended funds from an existing grant may only be carried forward to a renewal or an extended grant term with prior permission of WCRF International. If you want to apply for an unfunded extension to use the underspend you should submit a written proposal, indicating what the underspend would be used for (including objectives and milestones) and how this would progress the findings of your research project.

What can happen if I break the Terms and Conditions?

Breaking the Terms and Conditions, such as failure to notify WCRF International of forthcoming publications, or failure to submit the required progress reports, will result in automatic disqualification from submitting a grant application to WCRF International for a three-year period.

What if I still have questions?

Contact WCRF International’s Research Funding Team at research@wcrf.org.