Charity says grants up for renewal ‘will be bridged in the meanwhile’
The UK’s largest cancer research charity has decided to defer all funding panels and committees to the second half of the year in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Iain Foulkes, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of research and innovation, told Research Professional News the charity was ensuring that measures were in place so that research could continue “as best we can”.
“However, our panels and committees, who decide which research projects we fund, involve people who work internationally and with vulnerable communities,” he said, adding that many clinical members were “rightly cautious about limiting risk for themselves and their patients”.
As a result, he added that the charity had made the “difficult decision” to defer all funding panels and committees to the second half of the year. Grants up for renewal, he added, “will be bridged in the meanwhile”.