Volunteer Community Representative

Join our peer review panels - become a volunteer community representative!
Great opportunity to lend your voice to help us determine what research is funded!

At Prostate Cancer Canada, we know that we have been entrusted with a very special mission – to allocate the funds raised by Canadians to programs that support research that will have the greatest potential to improve prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment and to better manage survivorship. To that end, we employ an equitable, transparent selection process that is free from bias to determine which proposals are funded. To help select the research that will have the greatest impact on the disease, PCC recruits leading scientists to review all applications.

We also invite representatives from the non-scientific, patient, survivor, and, or care-giver community to participate in the review panel and fulfil a crucial role in giving the non-scientific community a voice at the table.

Community Representative Role

  • Represent the non-scientific, patient, survivor and, or care-giver community at a panel meeting (as designated by PCC Research staff)
  • Attend a one day review panel meeting in Toronto
  • Prepare by reading the non-scientific summary of the assigned applications- preparation time approximately 8 hours (Community reps. will be provided with specific instructions for what to look for in the non-scientific content)
  • Read as much of the total application as desired
  • Be prepared to comment from a non-scientific perspective on each application as requested during the review panel meeting
  • Commit to speak to the larger prostate cancer community about your experience on the review panel and to the diligence and rigor of the review process.
  • The Community Representative role is a non-scoring role. 

Who can apply?

Any adult from the non-scientific, patient, survivor, support group and, or caregiver community who is interested in helping to change the face of prostate cancer for Canadian men and their families. We are looking for representatives from across Canada to participate in these review panels. Prostate Cancer Canada will cover travel costs, according to our travel policy, to attend these meetings.

Term of service

The Term of Service is one year with the possibility of serving again depending on future panel requirements.

How to apply

  1. Please submit an expression of interest in serving as a Community Representative to Anne Breakey Hart via email at anne.breakeyhart@prostatecancer.ca
  2. Include a brief personal biography in your email.
  3. Please address the following questions in your email: 
    • How has prostate cancer impacted you personally?  
    • 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 prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to help manage survivorship?  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 to a Prostate Cancer Canada research review panel?

When you have submitted your email to Anne she will respond to you via email and inform you of the next steps in the process.
Please note that submitting an email expression of interest does not ensure acceptance into the community representative volunteer program.
For more information and to discuss the program further please contact Anne Breakey Hart directly at anne.breakeyhart@prostatecancer.ca or at 416-441-2131 ext.229. 

Information about PCC's research grant competitions

For more information on Prostate Cancer Canada’s research grant competitions, please see key dates
Check out the grant programs on the left side of the page.

Key Dates

Competition Community Representative Opportunities Research Application Deadline Panel Meeting Date Funding Start
Discovery Grants 4-8 TBD TBD TBD
Targeted RFA 1-2 July 9, 2018 September 2018 October 1, 2018

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