CBCRP's Research Agenda
Consensus of Opinion
At least 85% of the survey respondents agreed to the following statements:
- Fostering collaboration is worthwhile.
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, New Investigator, and Training program awards are maximally conducive to fostering career development.
Respondents suggested topics that could be targeted with additional RFAs:
- Minority Researcher
- Alternative or complementary medicine
- Methodological research
- Evaluation of current model systems
- Phase 5 research (dissemination)
- Use of microarray technology/novel imaging technology
- Novel immunotherapeutics for breast cancer
- Novel genes/human genome
The following statements had less than 85% agreement from respondents:
63% believe the TRC, CRC, SPRC and Conference awards are maximally conducive to fostering collaborative research.
Primarily, those who disagreed with this statement felt that the best collaborations occur through natural relationships and are not created through funding opportunities.
77% believe the IDEA awards maximally foster novel, innovative, and breakthrough research.
Those who disagreed based their observation on the level of innovativeness of the proposals they reviewed.
“I believe that the California CBCRP is trying to fill a unique niche but many of the investigators are trying to use the funding source as just another way to do basic research.”
Is the CBCRP significantly unique?
Many of the respondents who answered either yes/ no or no said one of the following things:
- CBCRP is similar to the Department of Defense breast cancer research program but unique from other funders, or
- CBCRP is trying to be unique but the proposals CBCRP received were not particularly innovative