CBCRP Announces 2002 Research Grants

Laurence Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE funding of 68 new research grants that will advance our knowledge about the causes, prevention, human issues, biology, detection, and treatment of breast cancer.

In January-February 2002, we received 198 applications in response to our call for new research on breast cancer. This was nearly a 20 percent increase in applications compared to 2001. Ultimately, the CBCRP offered funding to 69 applicants, and 68 were accepted and funded for a total amount of $14,889,103, a funding rate of 34 percent. In addition, we awarded six Diversity Supplements to existing CBCRP grants to allow individuals and community groups to overcome barriers and participate in research projects on breast cancer. The total amount awarded for these supplements is $199,990. The 2002 CBCRP funding highlights include

Eleven projects to expand our knowledge of breast development, function, aging, and separating abnormal breast structures from normal ones. These projects lay the groundwork for explaining the source of breast cancer and how normal breast biology might be influenced to prevent breast cancer.

Seven projects that focus on prevention and risk reduction, including state-of the-art genetic analysis, exploring ethnic differences, and continuing a training program to focus on these issues.

  • Ten new projects to further our understanding of how the disease progresses at the basic science level.
  • Thirteen grants to explore novel methods to detect breast cancer and explore novel approaches to treatments. Many of these projects involve cross-disciplinary collaboration teams.
  • Twenty-seven projects for innovative, exploratory, and high-risk/high reward research projects to push boundaries, challenge existing paradigms, and initiate new research programs.
  • Thirty-one new awards for opportunities in career development at the levels of graduate training, postdoctoral fellowships, and newly independent investigators. These bring fresh thinking to their respective disciplines.
  • Three new grants in special-topic RFAs, which we have identified as under-funded and allow the CBCRP to maximize its overall impact in breast cancer research.
  • Seven projects involving collaborative teams that include community groups and crossdisciplinary efforts of traditional researchers.
  • Three new grants of special interest because they are funded, in part, by revenue for the California State Income Tax Check-off.

These projects are great examples of our unique research commitment. In addition, all of the Diversity Supplements were funded by Tax Check-off funds.

We congratulate the new CBCRP grant recipients!

The details of our 2002 funded portfolio will be organized in a “Compendium of 2002 Awards”. This publication will be mailed in fall 2002 and posted on our Web site, http://www.cbcrp.org/publications