Peer Review Committees
Grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which is composed of 12-25 scientific advisors, or peers, who are experts in their fields. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the Society's objectives. Stakeholders, individuals with a personal interest in cancer, are full voting members of the Council and all Peer Review Committees. The stakeholders improved review by bringing a fresh appreciation of the dedication and impartiality of the volunteers who review the grants on scientific merit. No member of the American Cancer Society's Board of Directors or National Assembly may serve on a Peer Review Committee or as a voting member on the Council for Extramural Grants.