The NET Research Foundation is committed to funding the most promising research in order to discover cures and more effective treatments for carcinoid, pancreatic, and related neuroendocrine cancers. To date, we have awarded over $14 million in large-scale, multi-year research grants to leading scientists at renowned research institutions to fund neuroendocrine cancer research. We have funded research at 7 of the top 10 U.S. cancer centers.
A Commitment to Peer Review
All research grants and requests are reviewed by our Board of Scientific Advisors, which is comprised of distinguished medical leaders who share a commitment to discovering cures for neuroendocrine cancer. The Board of Scientific Advisors provides scientific direction by offering independent, expert advice. All of its members are pioneers in medical research, published authors in the top peer-reviewed medical journals, and leaders of collaborative research projects at top-ranked universities and institutes. We also regularly reach out to aligned organizations and seek partnerships in order to gain new perspectives and approaches.
An Urgent Imperative
With solid science and peer review at our core, the NET Research Foundation Board is equally committed to driving the process to identify and fund projects that have the most potential. All Board members have a direct connection to neuroendocrine cancer and are committed to finding cures as fast as possible. Rigorous scientific review and timely processes allow us to quickly identify and fund projects that have the most promise. Although strong safeguards are essential, we recognize that we have to take risks in funding research in order to drive progress.
Collaboration to Accelerate Progress
We have a strong commitment to collaboration, which can be seen when we convene a broad cross-section of NET researchers at our yearly NET Research Workshop. We are dedicated to accelerating progress for better treatments and potential cures through partnerships with aligned organizations and private foundations; we reach out to the full research community annually with grants we offer through the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). We attract the best minds to the field through requests for proposals, international prizes, and Young Investigator Awards.
A Diversified Portfolio
Our research portfolio has expanded to include an aggressive, diversified portfolio of basic and clinical projects. We pursue multiple pathways for identifying promising research. For example, we are currently funding an ambitious immunotherapy initiative through a NET Research Foundation request for proposals process, offering international prizes for critically needed pancreatic and carcinoid cell lines, and collaborating with the AACR to bring new ideas and researchers to the fight for cures.