DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

NEWS RELEASE

Released: September 29, 2009

Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
Funding for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09)

The Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) Defense Appropriations Act provides $150 million to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to support innovative, high-impact breast cancer research. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

FY09 BCRP program announcements and application instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in October 2009.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Concept Award Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

Postdoctoral-level investigators are eligible to apply
  • Supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to breast cancer
  • Supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal new avenues for investigation
  • Presentation of preliminary data is not allowed
  • Maximum funding of $75K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance not to exceed 1 year
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Independent, non-mentored investigators within 6 years of their last mentored position as of the application deadline
  • Supports exceptionally talented recent doctoral graduates who have the ambition and ability to pursue an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research
  • Proposed research should be innovative and have the potential for high impact
  • Proposed training and mentorship should facilitate development of the PI as a breast cancer researcher
  • Maximum funding of $300K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance not to exceed 3 years
Era of Hope Scholar Award Independent, non-mentored investigators within 6 years of their last mentored position as of the application deadline
  • Supports exceptionally talented, creative early-career scientists who have demonstrated that they are the "best and brightest" in their fields
  • Individuals should exhibit strong potential for leadership in the breast cancer community
  • Maximum funding of $2.5M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance not to exceed 5 years.

Information in this pre-announcement is being provided to allow investigators time to plan and develop proposals. All proposals must conform to the final program announcements and application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website in October 2009. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt website (http://cdmrp.org) prior to application submission. Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Requests for email notification of the program announcements release may be sent to help@cdmrp.org. For more information about the BCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

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