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Grant Guidelines

Our grant invitation and review process involves a rigorous assessment and examination of creative new directions in clinical and translational breast cancer research in need of seed funding.

Our unique approach allows the Scientific Advisory Board to use their expertise and knowledge to seek out investigators whose thinking has demonstrated the potential to advance the prevention, understanding and treatment of breast cancer towards our goal of prevention and cure. The Scientific Advisors invite proposals in late spring and review proposals in the summer. As invited proposals are BCRF’s usual practice, unsolicited requests for funding are discouraged.

There is no set form, but we generally request a brief project narrative, a lay summary suitable for public use, an annual budget (typically for no more than $250,000 with a maximum of 20 percent in indirect costs) and a budget narrative.

Considerable latitude is given to investigators and creative collaborations are encouraged. Both BCRF’s Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisors agree that some of the most important advances in understanding the disease will occur by enabling brilliant minds to pursue their biggest and brightest ideas.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis for the period, October 1 to September 30, and are publicly announced following the Scientific Advisory Board review and approval by BCRF’s Board of Directors in August. They are paid in two installments, in early October and early March. All grantees are required to submit two interim progress reports and a final financial report following the close of the grant year. Receipt of the second installment of the year's grant award is contingent upon a Scientific Advisory Board review of the first progress report and recommendation.

Grants are generally awarded for one year, but may be invited for renewal pending satisfactory progress, continued need and fit within BCRF’s overall research portfolio.