The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to funding breast cancer research, education and awareness programs and advocacy, and has been for 25 years.
Our rigorous grant review process and focus on the full spectrum of breast cancer research, education, advocacy and other cause related work establishes the Foundation as a respected leader in the breast cancer community.
Our commitment to funding breast cancer research is strong, and in fact, the Foundation has recently committed to a new national research funding opportunity called the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Grant Competition on the Earlier Detection of Breast Cancer, which will help offset the drop in breast cancer research dollars caused by the recent dissolution of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA). Learn more about how to apply for the National Grant Competition.
Breast cancer is a complex disease that affects people’s lives in many ways. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision is to create a future without breast cancer by working collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
Grant Funding Priorities
Major funding priorities range from supporting an improved quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer, to increasing knowledge with regard to risk reduction practices and the benefits of early detection.
Research Grants: Today, prevention, treatment and diagnostic research are recognized as critical components of creating a future without breast cancer. The Region is investing in a comprehensive portfolio of innovative research studies that are taking us one step closer to a future without breast cancer. The Region releases a call for breast cancer research proposals once a year to researchers in the Region. Learn more about recently funded Research Grants.
Breast Health Education & Community Awareness Grants: Not-for-Profit groups within the region apply for funding of community-based breast health and education projects to address breast health needs, awareness and breast cancer education in the community. Learn more about recently funded Breast Health Education & Community Awareness Grants.
Opportunity Grants: One-time funding to not-for-profit community groups and organizations within the Region for small-scale community initiatives in breast cancer and breast education and awareness. Learn more about recently funded Opportunity Grants.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants: These awards are intended for qualified recent PhD graduates to provide assistance in launching a career in social, clinical or basic science breast cancer research. Learn more about recently awarded Fellowship grants.
Grant Funding Decision Making Process
Guided by principles of rigour, accountability, fairness and transparency, the region is committed to ensuring grant investments made on behalf of its donors and supporters are focused on impacting the lives of those most affected by breast cancer.
1. Call for Proposals – Once a year the Region issues a call for proposals in both the Research and Community grant streams across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Applicants are encouraged to submit their funding proposals for consideration.
2. Peer Reviewed – Impartial, expert peer reviewers are secured to thoroughly evaluate, rate and rank the proposals against a set of standardized criteria including: importance and originality of the proposed project; quality and feasibility of the project design; adherence to ethical principles; and fit with the purpose and requirements of the Region. Through a series of internal and external reviews, funding recommendations are put forth to the Region’s Board of Directors for final funding decisions.
3. Funding Awarded – Approved grant recipients in all funding streams receive their funding in annual installments and participate in a thorough progress reporting program. Annually, the results of the Region’s funding decisions are communicated via media, the website and regional print publications.
4. Show Results – Grant recipients are required to share their findings with the Region through the submission of formal written reports.