Our Approach

To ensure that we are funding only the most outstanding research projects, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund makes grants through a rigorous peer-review process.  The process starts with a request for proposals (RFP) issued by OCRF in spring of each year.  Applicants respond to the RFP with a short “letter of intent” that briefly describes the research project.  The letters of intent are reviewed, and a portion of them are invited to submit full proposals, which are again reviewed.

All LOIs and full applications received in response to an RFP undergo rigorous peer review by members of our Scientific Advisory Committee, a group of independent experts in ovarian cancer.

The review process—including all meeting deliberations, scores and critiques of proposals—is confidential.  A confidentiality and conflict-of-interest statement must be signed by each reviewer.  If an application is chosen for funding, the abstract or project summary may become public information. Grants for projects selected through this process are then made to non-profit medical institutions on behalf of individual investigators or project directors.

For information on our grant programs, visit For Grantseekers.