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January 21, 2004

For Immediate Release:

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2004

The Fiscal Year 2004 (FY04) Defense Appropriations Act provides $150 million to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP). This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The FY04 BCRP Program Announcements for proposals in the following mechanisms are expected to be released in late February 2004 and include, but are not limited to:

Breast Cancer Research Program Funding Mechanisms Anticipated Proposal Submission Date by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Center of Excellence Pilot Awards TBD
Center of Excellence Awards Pre-Proposal March 24, 2004
Full Proposal July 27, 2004
Idea Awards May 13, 2004
Collaborative Idea Awards May 13, 2004
Innovator Awards Pre-Proposal March 24, 2004
Full Proposal July 27, 2004
Era of Hope Scholar Awards Pre-Proposal March 24, 2004
Full Proposal July 27, 2004
Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Partnership Training Awards Pre-Proposal March 24, 2004
Full Proposal July 27, 2004
Predoctoral Traineeship Awards May 13, 2004
Multi-disciplinary Postdoctoral Awards May 13, 2004

New this year:

The Center of Excellence (COE) Pilot Awards are intended to support the development of a well-focused, synergistic, multi-institutional Breast Cancer Center of Excellence Award. This award will culminate in the development of data from a pilot/feasibility study demonstrating the synergistic nature of the proposed Center of Excellence. Recipients of the award will be required to submit a Center of Excellence proposal in the following year, provided BCRP funds are available.

The Collaborative Idea Awards are intended to support collaborative efforts of two or more "Ideas" centered around one main hypothesis. Like the Idea Awards, these awards will not require preliminary data and should be highly innovative.

The Era of Hope Scholar Awards will be modeled after the Innovator Award, but will be offered to breast cancer scientists in the early stages of their careers. Eligible applicants will be independent, non-mentored investigators that are within 0-5 years of post-graduate training including postdoctoral fellowships, clinical training, etc.

This year, for postdoctoral applicants, only Multi-disciplinary Postdoctoral Awards will be offered. These proposals must emphasize a multidisciplinary training program in which at least two disciplines such as: laboratory research, clinical research, social sciences, public health, engineering, mathematics, and/or physics are integrated into a common research and training environment.

Detailed descriptions of each of these mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements, and deadlines will be available in the FY04 BCRP Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement will be available electronically for downloading from the CDMRP web site upon its release in late February 2004.

Requests for e-mail notification when Program Announcements are released may be sent to prequest@constellagroup.com. For more information about the BCRP, BCRP awardees, previous BCRP Program Announcements, and other CDMRP-sponsored programs and events, please visit the CDMRP Web site.

Points of Contact:
Gail Whitehead, Public Affairs Coordinator, 301-619-7783, gail.whitehead@amedd.army.mil
Richard Kenyon, Ph.D., BCRP Program Manager, 301-619-7071