Pancreatic Cancer Action is delighted to announce it has become the latest member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). The AMRC is a member organization and a hallmark of quality research funding and as such, recognises the processes we have put in place to ensure we are funding research of the highest quality.
This ‘quality standard’ mark will help us to attract future high quality researchers to apply for our grants.
In order to become a member, we had to undergo a rigorous audit process (which we passed with flying colours!) and had to ensure we met the following criteria:
- We must be registered as a charity in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- One our principal activities or charitable objects must be funding medical research in the UK.
- That we follow AMRC’s standards in peer review.
- We must have a published research strategy.
- We must have a formal written policy on conflicts of interest.
- We must endorse the AMRC’s position statements on supporting research in universities and the use of animals in research. – See more here
The benefit to us is that we can get practical help and support to enable us to deliver high quality research.
AMRC helps members meet their charitable objectives, they:
- Offer high-quality training workshops and seminars on emerging issues facing our members
- Provide one-to-one support
- Produce pragmatic guidance and toolkits which our members can use in their own work
- Build members’ capacity in peer review, though operating an audit of peer review processes.
AMRC’s role is to ensure as positive a climate as possible for research charities. They:
- Influence the environment, enabling members to achieve their aims
- Scan the horizon for key developments
- Interpret the environment, providing information about the world in which member operate
- Represent the collective charity voice with government, partners and other stakeholders.
AMRC connects medical research charities to encourage collaboration and to share learning. They:
- Collect and share sector data
- Create opportunities for members to share leaning, to avoid duplication of effort and to maximise the value of all they do
- Offer opportunities for charities to work with industry and public funders
- Encourage collaboration and share best practice
- Promote members works to each other and the wider world
- Support the medical research charity community.