Deadline Looms on Funding Opportunities for 2010


Lyn Dunagan

January 6, 2010—Oakland, CA—For California breast cancer researchers, an important deadline is approaching. The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) offers one funding cycle per year for investigator-initiated research projects, and the deadline for most award types is January 14. The CBCRP expects to have at least $8 million to award new grants.

“Investigator-initiated awards represent the traditional approach to research funding and have been the core of our funding portfolio,” said Laurence Fitzgerald, Ph.D., manager of the CBCRP’s Core Funding Initiatives. “We’re looking for innovative and creative research that will result in advances and practical applications, and we’re not afraid to take chances on high-risk/high-reward projects.”

The CBCRP is the largest state-funded research effort in the nation, and has provided over $205 million for research into the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer. Established by the Legislature in 1993, the CBCRP was the first breast cancer research funder to support community organizations and researchers as co-equal research teams.

The CBCRP’s Call for Applications was released in Fall 2009, and applications must be submitted through the Program’s vendor, proposalCentral. Research priorities range from the basic sciences through the community impact of the disease and the delivery of clinical solutions. Award types include career development awards, collaborative research and conference awards, innovative research awards, and translational research awards.

During a two-step review process, applications will be scored both on their scientific merit and program responsiveness, and those that are awarded funding will begin July 1, 2010. Application requirements and deadlines are available on the CBCRP’s website,

About the California Breast Cancer Research Program
Created by the State Legislature in 1993, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. To date, the CBCRP has awarded 860 grants to 98 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling over $205 million for research in California to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Awards include traditional investigator-initiated projects, community-based collaborative research projects, and program-directed special research initiatives. Grants from the CBCRP fill gaps not traditionally funded by other research programs to jump-start new areas of investigation that push the boundaries of research and foster new collaborations. The CBCRP is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax, and individual contributions. For more information, call 888 313-2277, or visit