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Funding Opportunity - Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:58am

Greetings,

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is excited to announce the release of Requests for Applications (RFAs) for Investigator-Initiated, Career Catalyst Research, and Challenge Grants: Breast Cancer and the Environment.  RFAs are available at http://ww5.komen.org/ResearchGrants/FundingOpportunities.html or https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

DEADLINES AT A GLANCE
Investigator-Initiated and Career Catalyst Research Grants

Pre-Applications Due – September 10, 2012, 5 p.m., Eastern Time
Full-Applications Due (invitation only) – December 17, 2012, 5 p.m., Eastern Time

Challenge Grants: Breast Cancer and the Environment
Pre-Applications Due – September 10, 2012, 5 p.m., Eastern Time
Full-Applications Due (invitation only) – December 17, 2012, 5 p.m., Eastern Time

RFA DETAILS
Challenge Grants

  • Investigator Initiated Research:  Breast Cancer and the Environment
  • Career Catalyst Research:  Breast Cancer and the Environment

These Challenge Grants are a specialized focus area for the Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) and Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants described below.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its Scientific Advisory Board requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the current evidence on environmental risk factors for breast cancer, consider gene-environment interactions in breast cancer, explore evidence-based actions that might reduce the risk of breast cancer, and recommend research needed in these areas.  Please see our statement about and a link to the IOM report for additional information.  At the conclusion of their report, the IOM issued 13 recommendations for further research, of which three have been chosen by the Komen Scientific Advisory Board as the subject of Challenge Grants:

  • Studies of Occupational Cohorts and Other Highly Exposed Populations,
  • New Exposure Assessment Tools, and 
  • Minimizing Exposure to Ionizing Radiation.

Investigator-Initiated (IIR) Grants
IIR Grants provide up to $1,000,000 over four years to stimulate exploration of new ideas and novel approaches in breast cancer research and clinical practice that will lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and mortality within the next decade.  This year’s research areas are as follows:

  • Prevention/Early DetectionNew Strategies for Early Detection;
  • Novel Therapeutics and Resistance Therapeutic Implications of Tumor Genomics;
  • Biology of Breast CancerImplications of the Immune System in Breast Cancer Biology; and
  • Disparities in Breast Cancer OutcomesOutcomes of Specific Populations after Diagnosis.

Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants
CCR Grants provide unique opportunities for scientists in the early stages of their career to achieve research independence with an independent award of up to $450,000 over three years.  CCR investigators lead a research project addressing an important question in breast cancer research and complete a self-defined career development plan with support from a mentor committee.  CCRs provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer and lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the next decade.  Studies focusing on quality of life or survivorship issues are not appropriate for this mechanism.


At this time, Komen does not plan to release RFAs for Promise Grants and Training Grants including Post-baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research Grants or Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Details about Komen’s Research Programs and other funding opportunities are available at: http://www.komen.org.

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