The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) was established pursuant to passage by the California Legislature of the 1993 Breast Cancer Act (i.e., AB 2055 (B. Friedman) [Chapter 661, Statutes of 1993] and AB 478 (B. Friedman) [AB 478, Statutes of 1993]). The program is responsible for administering funding for breast cancer research in the State of California.
The mission of the CBCRP is to prevent and eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.
- The CBCRP is the largest state-funded research effort in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President
- The CBCRP is funded through the tobacco tax, voluntary tax check-off on personal income tax forms, and individual contributions
- The tax check-off, included on the personal income tax form since 1993, has drawn over $8.5 million for breast cancer research and funded grants
- Ninety-five percent of our revenue goes directly to funding research and education efforts
- The revenue is used to make grants for California scientists and community researchers to find better ways to prevent, treat and cure breast cancer
- Since 1994, the CBCRP has awarded nearly $230 million in 939 grants to 107 institutions across the state. The CBCRP supports innovative breast cancer research—cow viruses, Tibetan herbs, snake venom—that might otherwise go unfunded. With continued investment, the CBCRP will work to find better ways to prevent, treat and cure breast cancer.
Read the legislation that created the CBCRP:
Health and Safety Code