Background

Each spring, staff at the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) undertake the task of recruiting and coordinating peer review committees who assess and score every grant proposal received in January. The review committees, comprised of scientific and advocate experts from outside California are organized into research areas consistent with the current CBCRP priority areas1 designated by the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council (BCRC). Additionally, each committee is observed by one advocate from within California.

As part of an on-going effort to evaluate the program's operations and assess the impact of CBCRP funding, CBCRP staff and council members identified reviewers as a valuable resource for ideas, input and expert advice. In the Spring of 2000, during the annual review process, reviewers were asked to complete a survey and participate in focus groups to discuss CBCRP's current priorities and funding mechanisms as well as suggestions for the future. This report summarizes the information gained from those efforts.