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2016 National Research Project Grant Competition

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a national community-driven charity. As the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada, CBCF’s vision is to create a future without breast cancer. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has invested over $360 million in breast cancer research, funding more than 1,400 scientific and community grants. CBCF’s investments in vital research, education, health promotion, support and information programs have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Research Project Grant Objective

The objective of the CBCF National Research Grant Program – Research Project Grant is to support breast cancer research in Canada that demonstrates scientific excellence, relevance, and innovation and that has the potential to achieve a significant impact on breast cancer.
In order to address research needs across the breast cancer continuum, the Foundation has established two broad areas of focus: basic and pre-clinical research; and clinical/evaluative research. Each broad focus area will have its own grant peer review panel.  The percentage, number and monetary value of projects funded in each focus area may vary, based upon the number and quality of project proposals received.

Funding Amounts and Duration

Funding available for the National Research Grant Program is determined annually by the Board of Directors in light of available funds and priorities. Individual Research Project Grants may request funding for up to three years. Funding for each project may not exceed $150,000 per year and $450,000 in total.

Applicant and Application Eligibility

Principal Investigator Eligibility
The Principal Investigator/Primary Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada AND based in or formally affiliated with an eligible host organization (university, college, hospital, research institute, or other qualified not-for-profit organization with an explicit health research or knowledge translation mandate) in Canada (excluding Québec) AND their primary professional practice must be within Canada (excluding Québec).
The Principal Investigator/Primary Applicant is an independent researcher with formal research training who will usually hold a PhD or Medical Degree.  The Principal Investigator is not eligible to receive salary support from a Research Project Grant.
Students, trainees, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers based in Québec are not eligible to hold a CBCF National Research Grant Program – Research Project Grant as Principal Investigator.  Individuals based outside of Canada are also not eligible to hold a CBCF National Research Grant Program – Research Project Grant as Principal Investigator.
Co-Investigators/Co-Applicants are researchers who may or may not have a formal affiliation with the project host organization, but will take responsibility for particular administrative and scientific aspects of the research project.  Co-Investigators/Co-Applicants must be located within Canada,(including Québec). Co-Investigators/Co-Applicants are not eligible to receive salary support from a Research Project Grant.
Students, trainees, research associates, or post-doctoral fellows may not be designated as Co-Investigators/Co-Applicants.
Additional Author
Additional Authors are individuals who will make substantial intellectual and/or functional contributions to the research project or have contributed to the drafting of the application, but are not eligible to be included as Co-Investigators/Co-Applicants.  Additional Authors must be located within Canada, (including Québec).
Students, trainees, research associates, post-doctoral fellows or lay contributors may be included in this category and may receive salary support or honorarium from the grant budget, in keeping with standard host organization rates, providing that project funding does not duplicate other funding available for this purpose. 
Note:  The Foundation does not support CPP, employment insurance, health taxes, WSIB or fringe benefits for students, trainees or fellows.
The project design may include research collaborators who are central to the research and not otherwise identified in the categories above.  Such collaborators may be located within (including Québec) or outside of Canada.  Research collaborators are eligible to receive project funds for specified services or resources if it can be demonstrated that their contribution is essential to the work being undertaken and not otherwise available to the project team. Detailed rationale and justification is required for allocating project funds to collaborator(s) outside of Canada.

Deadline for Submissions

Letter of Intent Application Submission
All LOI Applications must be submitted in English using CBCF’s online WebGrants system. LOIs must be finalized and submitted by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), Thursday, September 1st, 2016.
Full Application Submission
Full Applications will only be accepted from applicants who are successful at the LOI stage. All Full Applications must be submitted in English using CBCF’s online WebGrants system. Applications must be finalized and submitted by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST), Thursday, December 15th, 2016.
Incomplete Application Packages
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please ensure that you have included all required aspects of the LOI and Full Applications prior to submission.
Eligibility Screening and Notification
Applications are carefully screened for eligibility by CBCF staff prior to being assigned for peer review. Applicants will be notified by email within 2 weeks of the deadline if their application is ineligible for review.

National Research Project Grant Guidelines

National Research Project Grant Guidelines are available for download here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to read our FAQs.

For all other CBCF National Research Project Grant related inquiries, please email research@cbcf.org or call toll-free 1.800.387.9816.