Patient and public involvement

Research Advisory Panel

The Research Advisory Panel provides a critical role in helping to evaluate funding proposals, ensuring we only fund the best research that fits most closely with the charity’s mission:

Taking action today to have the biggest impact on cancer for people in Yorkshire.

Our panel consists of stakeholders and experts and their primary role is assessing applications for funding. Our independent stakeholders are patients, laypeople and those who work or have worked in cancer healthcare. Our experts are respected subject opinion leaders including researchers, scientists, clinicians and commercial experts. These important people represent a considerable breadth of knowledge and experience in national and international research.

The purpose of the Panel is to provide advice and comment on the merits of each research application to enable the Executive to make appropriate funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees, which satisfy the charity’s core purpose and strategic aims.

Throughout our application review process, we ensure any conflicts of interest are identified and managed appropriately and we treat everything with the strictest of confidence. For more information, click on our full conflict of interest policy and our confidentiality requirements.

For further information please contact or call 01423 501269.


Patient and public involvement

The input and perspective of people living with cancer, carers and former carers is vital in making sure our work is relevant and has a real impact on lives in Yorkshire.  Here are some of the ways people have helped by getting involved with the charity.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is the practice of inviting members of the public to get involved in the running of an organisation or project, often on a special panel or committee. Members are encouraged to use their own personal experience to help highlight issues and priorities viewed as important by the public.

Yorkshire Cancer Research requires that all funded researchers practice good PPI. We ask all applicants to explain how they will involve the public in the design and development of their research proposal and require that a layperson has reviewed the proposal prior to submission. All Award holders are encouraged to include PPI representation on their Steering Groups to review the progress and provide a unique perspective to the panel.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is committed to having PPI within the charity and the research it funds. Yorkshire Cancer Research is proud to have stakeholders representing the public within our Research Advisory Panel (RAP), which influences the charity’s priorities as well as the research projects we fund each year.

Members of the Research Advisory Panel

The primary role of those in our Research Advisory Panel is to assess applications received through our annual funding rounds.

Research Advisory Panel members



"As a member of the Advisory Panel for Yorkshire Cancer Research for 4 years, it was a privilege to be involved in shaping research strategy, enabling better outcomes for people with cancer and bringing innovation to cancer care."


Prof. Ananya Choudhury Chair and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Co-Group Leader Translational Radiobiology