Patient/Survivor/Caregiver Reviewer Program

What is the CCS Patient/Survivor/Caregiver Reviewer Program?

This program engages members of the community from across the country to participate in the peer review process as lay members of panels that review applications for research funding, providing them an opportunity to have a valued and empowered voice in shaping the way research funding decisions are made.

Who can serve as a patient/survivor/caregiver reviewer?

For the purpose of this initiative, we define patients, survivors and caregivers as individuals living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis, including their caregivers, who have a proven strong interest in cancer research. They must have an appreciation for the many different approaches that are being used to answers questions about all cancers. They bring with them a unique insight and lived experience of the cancer journey as a patient, survivor or a caregiver of an individual with cancer.

Please note that CCS staff are not eligible to participate in this program.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a patient/survivor/caregiver reviewer?

Patient/survivor/caregiver reviewers will participate in the peer review process as lay members of the review panel. They will be assigned applications to review, based on the criteria of the competition. They are required to read all of their assigned applications in advance of the meeting, prepare brief written reports, assign descriptors/ratings reflecting their assessment, and participate in the panel discussion (offering their comments at the meeting). Input from the patient/caregiver/survivor reviewers will meaningfully contribute to the final recommendation and decision of whether an application is funded or not.

How will patient/caregiver/survivor reviewers be supported throughout the process?

CCS Research staff will conduct information/orientation sessions for the patient/caregiver/survivor reviewers. This will include providing an overview on the peer review process, how to navigate our online grants management system, and providing guidance on writing the written reports. In addition, an honorarium will be provided to patients/caregiver/survivor reviewers in recognition of their contribution to CCS’s peer review process.

Current opportunity:

Patient/survivor/caregiver reviewers are currently sought for the Emerging Scholar Awards panel. The Emerging Scholar Awards program is aimed at establishing and advancing promising early career scientists and clinician scientists from across Canada with a focused commitment to undertaking cancer research.

  • Reviewers will be assigned 4-6 applications to review, assessing them for relevance to cancer and impact of the award on the applicant’s career development and their commitment to mentorship and building research capacity within their province.
  • Must be able to attend the virtual panel meeting on February 11, 2021 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET).
  • Must have the necessary technology to access the online grants management platform and participate in a virtual meeting (computer and internet connection).
  • Must have the confidence to participate in the panel discussion to share assessment of the applications assigned to them.
  • NOTE: Panel meetings are conducted in English only.

Intake process:

Persons interested in this opportunity are asked to send an expression of interest email to including the following:

  • A brief personal biography
  • Please address the following questions:
    • How has cancer impacted you personally? (patient/survivor/caregiver)
    • Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to serve in this capacity?
    • From a personal perspective, do you feel that research can impact and improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment? Why or why not?
    • Describe a time when you have had the opportunity to share your opinions in a group environment. How did you manage this and what was the outcome?
    • What do you hope to contribute by participating on a Canadian Cancer Society research review panel?

Candidates will be interviewed to understand their interest and motivation to take on the role. Four patient/survivor/caregiver reviewers are sought for this opportunity (representing diverse backgrounds and geographic locations from across Canada).

Deadline for submission is January 6, 2021.

Last modified on: December 7, 2020