Research Grant Programme Panel

Find out how grant applications are reviewed and who sits on the panel

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All grant applications to World Cancer Research Fund International are reviewed by a panel of experts, comprising established investigators in different disciplines who have expertise in diet, nutrition, body composition, physical activity and cancer. Successful applications at outline stage (seed grants) and at full application stage (investigator initiated grants) are then sent out to external peer reviewers.

Grant Panel members for the Regular Grant Programme

Prof Christine WILLIAMS (Chair)

Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading, UK


Professor of Public Health Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, UK


Clinical Effectiveness Research Group, Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Prof Karen BROWN

Professor of Translational Cancer Research, University of Leicester, UK

Associate Prof Ellen COPSON

Cancer Research UK Associate Professor in Medical Oncology, Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

Associate Prof Melinda CRAIKE

Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Victoria University, Australia

Dr Amanda CROSS

Reader in Cancer Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK

Prof Ellen KAMPMAN

Chair Nutrition and Disease, Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, the Netherlands


Patient Representative


Deputy Head of Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

Associate Prof Brigid LYNCH

Deputy Head of Cancer Epidemiology Division, Cancer Council Victoria, Australia

Prof Richard MARTIN

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK


Director, Human Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Cellular Medicine and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Newcastle University, UK

Prof Anne MAY

Full Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center Research Program Cancer, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands

Prof Tobias PISCHON

Group Head, The Molecular Epidemiology Research Group, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Germany

Dr Suzanne TURNER

Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathology Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK


Patient Representative