Our Commitment to Texans

2020 Annual Report


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Fund the Best of the Best - Peer Review

Texas’ leadership in state-of-the-art cancer research and prevention efforts over the past decade is the result of the exceptional projects CPRIT funds. The Institute relies on highly distinguished scientists, health professionals, product development entrepreneurs and patient advocates who live and work outside of Texas to objectively review all grant proposals. Only applications recommended by these experts move forward for consideration by CPRIT’s Program Integration Committee. Final approval of grants recommended by peer review and the Program Integration Committee requires a two-thirds vote of the Oversight Committee at its quarterly public meeting.

741
Grant proposals reviewed
in FY 2020
200+
Reviewers participated
in FY 2020
10,000+
Applications reviewed
since 2010
5 to 35 hours
Individual and panel review for each application
CPRIT is an
NCI-approved funding entity
The National Cancer Institute’s endorsement allows CPRIT grants to count toward the research base calculations necessary to earn or maintain NCI Center Status.

CPRIT’s Compliance Program

CPRIT’s Compliance Program ensures that Oversight Committee members, agency employees, peer reviewers, and grantees comply with applicable laws, rules, and policies. The program, overseen by the Chief Compliance Officer, manages compliance pedigrees for all grant applications, certifies that all reviewers followed appropriate steps to provide unbiased award recommendations, trains grantees regarding compliance best practices, and provides fiscal and administrative oversight for all grants.

FY 2020
24
grantee trainings for 680 grantee staff
FY 2020
157
Desk and on-site grantee compliance reviews
FY 2020
1,859
Second level reviews of quarterly grantee financial status reports
FY 2020
741
compliance pedigrees for grant applications

Conflict of Interest Information

Bias-free expert reviews ensure that CPRIT prudently invests in projects with the greatest potential impact on cancer. Texas law bars anyone making grant award decisions from acting on an application if the person has a financial, professional, or personal interest in the outcome of the grant application. CPRIT documents all disclosed conflicts of interest, as well as the steps showing that CPRIT recused the person from discussing and voting on the application.

In exceptional circumstances, the reviewer’s participation outweighs the potential bias posed by the reviewer’s conflict. When this happens, state law allows the Oversight Committee to waive the conflict by a vote of the board. In fiscal year 2020, the Oversight Committee approved five conflict of interest waivers. CPRIT has a process for reporting and investigating undisclosed conflicts of interest. CPRIT did not receive any allegations of an undisclosed conflict in fiscal year 2020.